A UTE has collided with a cane train on Tolls Rd, Welcome Creek leaving a man in 20s with injuries.

The crash happened just before 2pm and the man was treated for significant lower leg injuries and taken to Bundaberg Hospital.

Drivers are being asked to pay attention when it comes to cane train crossings.

The cane harvesting season started in June and will continue through to December.

 

CANE COLLISION: Trains were running smoothly shortly after a ute collided with a cane train on Tolls Road Welcome Creek.
CANE COLLISION: Trains were running smoothly shortly after a ute collided with a cane train on Tolls Road Welcome Creek. Mike Knott BUN010816CANE5

The NewsMail spoke with Bundaberg Sugar cane supply manager Robert Powell before the crush, he said the cane harvesting season brought a lot of movement across the cane rail network.

"Our trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from June to December," he said.

"Each year our drivers experience near-miss incidents where motorists try to race the trains at level crossings.

"Motorists should not be fooled by the speed of a cane train and must realise that it can't stop quickly.

 

CANE COLLISION: Trains were running smoothly shortly after a ute collided with a cane train on Tolls Road Welcome Creek.
CANE COLLISION: Trains were running smoothly shortly after a ute collided with a cane train on Tolls Road Welcome Creek. Mike Knott BUN010816CANE6

"A cane train fully loaded can weigh in excess of 400 tonnes and takes more than a kilometre to stop.

"Bundaberg Sugar's cane rail network plays a significant role in transporting the harvested cane to either of our two sugar mills and without it would increase the number of trucks on our roads. It is a safe and reliable means of transport and we need people to obey the road rules and drive to the conditions."

Mr Powell said flashing lights were maintained regularly but if drivers saw a set they believed were flashing for no reason, they should report it by phoning the number on the side of the flashing light control box at the crossing.

 

CANE COLLISION: A ute collided with a cane train on Tolls Road Welcome Creek.
CANE COLLISION: A ute collided with a cane train on Tolls Road Welcome Creek. Mike Knott BUN010816CANE7

Bundaberg Senior Constable Danielle Loftus said many drivers did not realise that failing to stop or give way at the signage at a level crossing was a traffic offence.

Drivers can be fined $353 and cop three demerit points for:

■ Failing to stop at a stop sign at a level crossing.

■ Failing to give way at give way sign at a level crossing.

■ Entering a level crossing while warning lights or bells are on.

■ Entering a level crossing while a train is on crossing.

■ Entering level crossing while a train is approaching and a collision is likely.

■ Entering a level crossing while the crossing or road beyond is blocked.

Mr Powell said it was also important for parents to be aware of their children's whereabouts and teach them to keep away from cane rail tracks.


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