Family hurt in railway crash
A FAMILY of five is lucky to be alive after rolling their car to avoid smashing into a cane train yesterday afternoon.
Police are investigating the crash, on the intersection of Hoods and Moore Park roads, which left the family car a mangled wreck but its five occupants almost unscathed.
Sergeant Mike McLennan said it was believed the 46-year-old male driver smashed the Holden Commodore sedan into the train signals to avoid colliding with the loco about 2pm.
“It appears it was too late and the driver did not see the red flashing lights,” Sgt McLennan said.
“He tried to avoid the train by diverting off the roadway and colliding with the signals.”
A small engine fire started shortly after the smash but it was put out by one of the loco drivers as the family pulled themselves to safety.
Sgt McLennan said the train was carrying 49 full bins of cane at the time of the near miss.
Paramedics attended the scene and took three children with neck pain and two adults with minor injuries to Bundaberg Hospital.
An ambulance spokesperson described the injuries as “all fairly minor”.
The two train drivers were uninjured.
Sgt McLennan said this was a timely reminder for drivers to take note of their environment.
“The local cane industry takes several steps to make drivers aware,” he said.
“They have red flashing lights, signs and the train horn is tooted.Trains have nowhere to go – it's the drivers who need to react.”
Sgt McLennan said the vehicle occupants were lucky to escape with their lives.
“This could have a been a fatal accident,” he said. “Let's all focus on staying alive and paying attention to the road.”
Police are investigating the smash.