Car vs train collision: 'It could have ended in tragedy'
"IT COULD have ended in tragedy".
Those were the words of Bundaberg police Sergeant Mick Ward after a car and train collided at Alloway this morning.
Barely a week into the start of the crush season and there has already been a collision between a car and a locomotive.
About 1pm, emergency services responded to reports of a crash between a car with multiple passengers and a train on Douglas Rd and Mahoney Dexters Rd.
Sgt Ward said that while fortunately no one was injured, the event could have been avoided.
"We've had a vehicle that has approached a level crossing, it's then been struck by an on-coming train and obviously pushed the vehicle sideways," he said.
"There's been absolutely no injuries however this is another incident that could have been avoided and it could have ended in tragedy.
"There were a number of people inside the vehicle and the driver and co-driver inside the train."
Despite signage and countless awareness articles regarding the start of the crash, in the wake of the collision Sgt Ward is urging all drivers to be aware, listen and look for trains.
"This is something they are ever vigilant about - when a train approached a level crossing they sound their horn and have a set period of speed that they are allowed to drive at and they take all due care and attention when they cross a level a crossing," he said.
"Invariably the driver of the vehicle who has made the mistake or is at fault in these incidences."
"You need to slow down, you need to stop, you need to look and be alert of where trains are coming from.
"Don't be the driver who gets hit by a train or who hits a train and then causes your death or somebody else's death."
"They are exceedingly dangerous incidents when this occurs - you need to be vigilant."
QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services have left the scene of a train versus car collision.
The incident unfolded about 12.45.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said none of the five passengers travelling in the car when the collision happened were seriously injured.
Backup ambulance crews have been cancelled.
The white car involved in the crash has been pulled off the tracks.
POLICE and paramedics have just arrived at the scene of serious collision at Alloway.
About 1pm, Queensland Ambulance Services responded to reports of a collision between a car and a train Douglas Rd and Mahoney Dexters Rd.
The original call is believed to have come from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
At least three ambulances responded.
Initial reports are the car was carrying five tourists, believed to be backpackers.
It is understood the car involved has suffered minimal damage, however, the severity of the passengers' injuries is still unknown.
Updates to follow.