SHEER LUCK SAVES MAN

A Wa­gin farmer had a lucky es­cape af­ter his car crashed into the side of a CBH grain train rolling through his prop­erty on Mon­day.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Cally Dupe

A Wa­gin farmer had a lucky es­cape af­ter his car crashed into the side of a CBH grain train rolling through his prop­erty on Mon­day.

The man in his 60s was rushed to Nar­ro­gin Hospi­tal with mi­nor head and leg in­juries on Mon­day af­ter his white Mit­subishi Tri­ton col­lided with the train’s lead lo­co­mo­tive.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened about 9.30am at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gun­dar­ing Road South and Wag­inDum­b­leyung Road, 14km east of Wa­gin.

Nar­ro­gin Ob­server un­der­stands the man is a lo­cal farmer and the ac­ci­dent oc­curred on his prop­erty, where the grain freight line cuts through.

St John Am­bu­lance ar­rived at the scene at 9.49am and trans­ported the man to hospi­tal.

He was dis­charged from hospi­tal on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Fire­fight­ers from Wa­gin and Dum­b­leyung also went to the scene, but there was no fire and the man did not have to be cut from the ve­hi­cle.

The train was trav­el­ling from Al­bany to Lake Grace to col­lect more grain.

CBH and Watco Com­pa­nies WA, which op­er­ates the CBH-owned trains, are work­ing with Arc In­fra­struc­ture and the Of­fice of Rail Safety to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent.

Arc In­fra­struc­ture, which op­er­ates the bulk of the State’s rail net­work, said the line re­opened at 4.30pm.

The in­ci­dent comes nine months af­ter CBH re­leased a safety cam­paign urg­ing driv­ers to be vig­i­lant at rail cross­ings.

CBH, which hauls mil­lions of tonnes of grain by rail each year, re­leased a se­ries of shock­ing footage of near-misses in which cars were al­most hit by grain trains.

In one video, a truck al­most col­lided with a train on a level cross­ing near Mt Barker, while in an­other a car drives to­wards a train at night on the rail­way.

At the time, CBH op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager David Cap­per said the num­ber of driv­ers dic­ing with death at rail­way cross­ings was con­cern­ing.

Just a month later, Brook­ton man Thomas Cop­ping, 32, lost a hand and a foot af­ter fall­ing from a mov­ing CBH train in the Wheat­belt. He fell from the slow-mov­ing train af­ter he and his brother climbed through the car­riages in­stead of wait­ing for the train to pass.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened about 14km east of Wa­gin.

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