Van driver survives train crash

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

A FULLY laden coal train smashed into a delivery van at Gracemere yesterday, leaving the van driver in hospital with internal injuries.

The van was forced off the side of the track.

It took another 700 metres for the train, which was travelling at more than 70kmh, to stop.

The 49-year-old Concorde Courier Service driver, who was not identified, was crossing a Somerset Road access on to the Capricorn Coast Highway when his vehicle and the east-bound train collided about noon.

Ambulance officers said that when they arrived the driver was sitting beside his vehicle, which was crushed on one side.

Sergeant Mark Ireland, from the Gracemere police, said the rail lights appeared to be flashing when the driver crossed the intersection.

The QR train was heading to Gladstone from a Bowen Basin mine.

Residents along Somerset Road said they heard a loud crash. "I heard a big crunch and came out to see,'' neighbour Doug Boyce said.

Continues in today's The Morning Bulletin



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