Truck driver faces court over fatal tilt train crash

POLICE have collected more than 90 witness statements for the case against a Brisbane truck driver accused of killing two men when his B-double crashed into a North Queensland tilt train.

Michael Joseph Nugent, 67, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday morning as police prosecutors handed over the statements and "80-odd exhibits" as the completed brief of evidence.

Locomotive drivers, Richard Wetherell, 54, and Michael Smithers, 53, died in the crash at a level crossing near the Bruce Hway, just south of Cardwell, in November, 2008.

Nugent, who is charged with dangerous driving causing death, was also severely injured along with nine train passengers.

The prosecutor said it was a huge brief that had taken Innisfail investigators a long time to gather and conceded it would take a long time for Nugent's lawyers to process.

Nugent's lawyers asked for 10 weeks and his bail was enlarged until the next court appearance on July 29.


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