Passengers were transported south by coach after a Queensland Rail Tilt Train collided with a Toyota utility at the intersection of Denison and William Sts in Rockhampton.
Passengers were transported south by coach after a Queensland Rail Tilt Train collided with a Toyota utility at the intersection of Denison and William Sts in Rockhampton. Frazer Pearce

Little jolt a major disruption

THE "little jolt" felt by Tilt Train passenger Ben Piles at 2.10am yesterday soon turned into a major impact on his young family.

"This is bullshit," was how his wife Pam explained her frustration with the interruption to their journey, as they waited outside Rockhampton railway station at 4.15am.

"I've had my kids sleeping on the concrete," she said, holding a 14-month-old baby and gesturing at her other children, aged three, seven, 11 and 12.

"I paid extra to get on the Tilt Train because of the kids - and this is what happens."

Her family was travelling from Townsville to Nambour on the train when it collided with a ute in Rockhampton.

"It was only a little jolt," Ben said about the impact experienced by passengers.

He and his family were among the last of the 120 passengers to board one of the Rothery's coaches contracted by Queensland Rail staff to transport them as far as Brisbane.

The train station was a hive of activity for an hour as QR staff co-ordinated the early morning transfer, at times in heavy rain.



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