Aurizon sues small Rocky business for $670,000 over smash

A ROCKHAMPTON small business is being sued by Australia's largest freight operator for more than $670,000 in damages after a 2011 rail crossing accident.

Aurizon is claiming damages after a truck belonging to All Hours Vac Truck Pty Ltd allegedly failed to stop at a level crossing stop sign and collided with Aurizon's track machine, 115km from Rockhampton.

Aurizon is suing the company's owner, Mark Inslay, and truck driver Kathleen Mason for negligence.

The claim has been lodged in the Brisbane District Court.

The Weekend Australian reported Aurizon's claim was that the driver failed to keep "any or any proper lookout" and failed to heed warning and stop signs approaching the crossing.

The damages claim consisted of a $20,000 investigation, $3000 workers compensation claim for the machine driver, more than $347,000 in repairs and $300,000 in disruptions to the rail network.

Mr Inslay said he did not want to comment on the matter until he had spoken with his insurers.

He told The Australian he hoped his insurance would cover his legal costs, and he did not have "that sort of money" if the court ruled in Aurizon's favour.

The Bulletin sought comment from Aurizon yesterday.



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