Topics: chinchilla , queensland rail , railway crossing 1 2 3 QUEENSLAND Rail is shocked by the actions of a motorist who gambled with their life at a railway crossing in Chinchilla, missing a freight train by just five metres.
Queensland Rail acting chief executive officer Jim Benstead said the near miss was one of the worst he had come across. “The driver of a B-Double truck ignored the railway crossing flashing lights and signage, and came within only five metres, or less than a second, from being hit by a freight train,” Mr Benstead said. “The trailer of the B-Double was so close, the driver of the train was able to identify the cargo of sheep it was carrying had all recently been shorn,” he said. “A freight train can take kilometres to stop – drivers can’t swerve or avoid motorists so if there’s a collision, the car, truck or pedestrian will come off second best. “Last year, there were 400 near misses in Queensland, including 71 in the South-West region, which was an increase by 33 per cent on the previous year, despite a 15% fall in incidents across the state. “South-West Queensland motorists need to pay greater attention at level crossings and stop risking their lives and the lives of traincrew, just to save a few minutes. “Near misses can have a severe affect on train crew, who can suffer from long lasting trauma following an incident. “We are doing everything we can to save lives, we ask motorists and pedestrians play their part and simply follow the rules – obey the signs and signals at level crossings,” Mr Benstead said. “There is no excuse for motorists who continue to risk their lives in front of trains. “Our message is simple – don’t gamble with your life at level crossings.” References ^ chinchilla (www.thechronicle.com.au) ^ queensland rail (www.thechronicle.com.au) ^ railway crossing (www.thechronicle.com.au)
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Topics: fraser coast , fraser coast bush and beach trail riders , horse , trail riding 1 2 3 4 PLANS for a “mini-Kilkivan Great Horse Ride” on the Fraser Coast are galloping ahead with the formation of the region’s first social bush and beach trail riding club. The proposed two-day ride would start in Maryborough and finish at Dundowran Beach, Fraser Coast Bush & Beach Trail Riders president Donna Fischer said, and had the potential to attract hundreds of horse riders from across the country. “I’ve had a lot of enquiries from all over – it definitely has the potential to be big.” Ms Fischer said day one would see riders take part in their choice of one of two bush rides in Maryborough and then travel to Dundowran Equestrian Park to set up camp for the night. A charity fundraising concert would be held that evening, followed by a big cook-up in the morning.
The ride would conclude on the afternoon of day two when riders reached Dundowran Beach. “We originally hoped to ride directly from Maryborough to Hervey Bay, but the logistics were simply too difficult,” Ms Fisher said. Based on the success of a number of rides at Dundowran Beach over the past year, including the club’s first official event at the weekend, Ms Fischer said the proposed event could attract hundreds of riders. “We’d probably have to cap the numbers at 200 for safety reasons,” she said. “We’ve got three Maryborough clubs and three Hervey Bay clubs onboard … the council is keen to see it get up. “At this stage we’re looking at holding it late next year and hopefully making it an ongoing event.” Anyone interested in finding out more should visit the club’s Facebook page.
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