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Level crossing incident investigated

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Two members of the train crew sustained serious injuries after an incident where a road train and a freight train collided.

THE Australian Transport Safety Bureau has begun an investigation into a level crossing collision on Monday afternoon 22 February 2021, at Yarri Road, Parkeston Western Australia.

According to the ATSB, a road-train truck drove into the path of freight train 2C74, resulting in a collision and the derailment of the train’s lead locomotive.

Active level crossing equipment (flashing lights) were reported to be operating.

The locomotive and truck were substantially damaged, with the two train crew sustaining serious injuries and the truck driver sustaining minor injuries.

As part of the investigation, ATSB transport safety investigators are to examine imagery of the accident site, analyse available recorded data, and interview involved parties.

A report is to be published following the investigation.

“Should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken,” the bureau stated.

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