The wreckage of the truck after a crash with a train north of Mackay.
The wreckage of the truck after a crash with a train north of Mackay. Daily Mercury

Truckie's death rocks close-knit community

UPDATE, 6.45pm:

A CALEN truck driver died after colliding with a train at a level crossing in Pindi Pindi north of Mackay Tuesday.  

Farm worker, 66-year-old Robert Reid, was travelling along an access road before the crash at the Wagoora level crossing shortly before 10am on Tuesday.

The crossing only had a stop sign warning, no flashing red lights or boom gates on the quiet, unsealed road.

Mackay Police senior sergeant Dave Parnell said initial investigations were that Mr Reid's vehicle was on the same line as the train was sounding its horn to alert the driver.

"The vehicle stopped and the train collided with it," Snr Sgt Parnell said.

"It looks like a service vehicle for the cane farms carrying diesel oil maybe attending to the harvesters."

The Aurizon train tore through the cab of the truck and stopped a few hundred metres from the crash. The female driver of the train was treated at the scene for shock.

Mr Reid is well-known within the Calen community and it is expected that tributes to him will be made in the coming days.

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan sent his condolences to the deceased man's family.

"Calen is a very close-knit community and even more so when you get into those farming hamlets such as Wagoora and Pindi Pindi," Mr Costigan said.

"Up there, everyone knows everyone so news of this terrible tragedy will have spread quickly and it will be met with tremendous sorrow.

"I'm sure I speak for all of them in saying our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased at this terribly difficult time."

Police forensic investigators remained at the scene into the late afternoon carefully documenting the crash scene before the truck and its trailer were removed.

The goods train, operated by Aurizon, was not derailed or heavily damaged, and Aurizon crews performed repairs on site.

The train remained driveable after the accident and the only noticeable damage to it was a broken windscreen.

Five police units and two fire crews attended. The man's body had to be cut free from the wreckage.

Queensland Ambulance Service has confirmed woman driving the train was treated for shock.

Snr Sgt Parnell urged drivers to take care when crossing train tracks, especially outside of town areas. 

He said that this advice applied all year round, not just during crushing season.

UPDATE 1.05pm:

POLICE have confirmed that the victim of a fatal collision between a goods train and a truck at Pindi Pindi was a 66-year old man from the Calen/Pindi Pindi area.

Next of kin have been advised and the man's name has not yet been released.

UPDATE 12.05pm:

THE driver of a truck has died after a crash with a train north of Mackay.

Police confirmed at the scene that the driver was involved in the crash that happened about 10am this morning.

Mackay Police senior sergeant Dave Parnell said the truck was travelling along the access road before the crash happened.

"It appears the vehicle has been on the line as the train was sounding its horn to alert the driver," Snr Srgt Parnell said.

"The vehicle stopped and the train collided with it.

"It looks like a service vehicle for the cane farms carrying diesel oil maybe attending to the harvesters."

An Aurizon spokesperson confirmed that at approximately 10.00am today, an Aurizon freight train and a cane haulage truck collided at a level crossing north-west of Mackay.

"Emergency services including Queensland Police and Queensland Ambulance are at the scene," the spokesperson said.

"The driver of the train is being treated for shock but is otherwise uninjured."

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EARLIER 11.35am:

POLICE forensic investigators have just arrived at the crash site where it appears a train has collided with a semi-trailer north of Mackay.

There are five police units and two fire crews also on scene.

It appears as if the train has torn through the cab of the truck and stopped a few hundred metres from the crash.

 

The wreckage of the truck after a crash with a train north of Mackay.
The wreckage of the truck after a crash with a train north of Mackay. Daily Mercury

Queensland Ambulance Service has confirmed woman driving the train was treated for shock.

EARLIER: A WOMAN was assessed by paramedics at the scene of a crash at Pindi Pindi.

Initial reports suggested a train and truck crash, however a Queensland Ambulance Spokesperson said there were other reports that it was between a tractor and train.

The driver of the train was assessed at the scene for shock, but had no other injuries and was not required to be taken to hospital.

Police are still en route to the crash at Wagoora Yalboroo Rd.

More to come.

EARLIER: EMERGENCY Services are en-route to a possible train and truck crash at Pindi Pindi.

A spokesperson for the Queensland Ambulance Service said crews were called to Wagoora Yalboroo Rd about 9:54 after reports of the crash.

The spokesperson said at this stage the details of the 000 call were still coming through, but it appears one person needs to be assessed.

More to come.


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