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PHOTOS: 'Chaos' as coal train crushes car in Gladstone

COLLISION: The right hand side of a car was left crushed after it was hit by a train in Gladstone.
COLLISION: The right hand side of a car was left crushed after it was hit by a train in Gladstone. Luke Mortimer

UPDATE: 9.22pm:

AURIZON crews were still mopping up late tonight after a train smashed into a car at a railway crossing in Gladstone tonight.

The Aurizon crews, which included the derailment unit, descended on the scene of the collision this evening, on a gravel road off Red Rover Rd.

Multiple emergency response units, including police, firefighters, and paramedics, struggled to located the scene, with a number of rail lines and crossings weaving through the bush land at Byellee, just behind Gladstone Airport. 

Gladstone police Sergeant Kieran Barton said, during the "chaotic" search for the scene, crews were expecting to find the "the worst" on arriving at the scene.

Sgt Barton also said the driver of the 48-carriage, 5200-tonne coal train, travelling at 35kmh when it collided with the car, was left "shocked".

But despite the right-hand side of the Mazda 3 being crushed, the driver and two passengers pulled themselves out of the car.

The Mazda 3 was pushed into an embankment beside the rail line, while the train diver stopped the train relatively quickly, with only six carriages between the crossing and the front of the train.

Sgt Barton said it's a reminder that "if you see a stop sign, it's there for a reason".

Aurizon today issued an alert, coincidentally, warning the public to keep clear of railway tracks after "a number of disturbing near misses" in Queensland.

UPDATE: 7.39pm:

A TRAIN has crushed the right-hand side of a car during a collision at a railway crossing in Gladstone. 

Gladstone police Sergeant Kieran Barton said the driver of the 48-carriage, 5200-tonne coal train, travelling at 35kmh when it collided with the car, was left "shocked".

ISOLATED: The grey marker shows the isolated rail crossing, behind Gladstone Airport, where a train collided with a car.
ISOLATED: The grey marker shows the isolated rail crossing, behind Gladstone Airport, where a train collided with a car.

Sgt Barton said emergency crews had a "chaotic" time searching for the crash, along a dirt road off Red Rover Rd, near the Calliope River.

"We got a call about a car verse train, which is usually the worst, so there were firefighters, paramedics, and us," he said.

"It was a bit chaotic because we didn't know where the scene was. It's a bit in the middle of nowhere."

Sgt Barton said the driver and two passengers of the Mazda 3 hauled themselves out of the car, which had fallen down an embankment beside the track.

Emergency crews gain access to a car which has been hit by a coal train off Red Rover Rd.
Emergency crews gain access to a car which has been hit by a coal train off Red Rover Rd. Paul Braven

Sgt Barton said police weren't aware what the occupants were doing on the isolated stretch of road.

There is a sign warning driver of approaching trains, reading "LOOK" with a train symbol below it, but there are no lights to indicate a train is approaching. 

A convoy of Aurizon vehicles, including its derailment unit, were also at the scene.

More to come

UPDATE: 7:00pm: 

AN AURIZON spokesman said the passengers in the car were not seriously injured.

"The train crew are shaken but not seriously injured too," he said.

The spokesman said the collision occurred about 5.45pm at an "occupational level crossing".

He said this type of crossing tended to be used for access to private property.

It was a Pacific National train but is run on Aurizon's network.

The spokesman said Aurizon and Pacific National would investigate the incident.

More to come

EARLIER:

A COAL TRAIN has collided with a vehicle at a railway crossing at the intersection of Byelle Rd and Red Rover Rd.

Initial reports are that the Aurizon's derailment team are en route.  

About four paramedic unit were on scene, but a Queensland Ambulance spokesman said no one is confirmed seriously injured.

Initial reports are that the train has been placed into lock down.

Paramedics initially had difficulty reaching the scene, which is along a gravel road, near the Calliope River.


Firefighters are also at the scene, along with numerous police vehicles.

Aurizon has been contact for comment.

More to come

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