Train driver in shock after hitting car left on tracks
AURIZON is fuming about the idiocy that forced the driver of a 10,000 tonne train to collide with an abandoned vehicle in Gladstone.
Aurizon vice-president safety, health and environment Neil Backer said the idiotic behaviour had endangered lives and the mental health of the driver.
"Our drivers were simply going about their jobs, and now they are left with the sickening memory of having struck a car on the tracks, at the time having no knowledge of whether or not it had occupants," he said.
"These trains weigh in excess of 10 thousand tonnes and it's impossible for our drivers to stop.
"The perpetrators should reflect on the safety implications and the toll such an incident takes on our train crew."
The vehicle had been pushed down an embankment and came to rest sat on the tracks where it was hit by the coal train at 8pm on Saturday, outside of Callemondah.
The driver had no physical injuries but was shocked and offered counselling.
The train sustained minor damage.
Aurizon is assisting police with their investigations.