CLOSE CALL: Train collided with a car on the Southern Downs this morning.
CLOSE CALL: Train collided with a car on the Southern Downs this morning. Jessica Paul

'Complacency' blamed for Southern Downs train crash

UPDATE: WARWICK police allege the driver of the car involved in a train crash yesterday morning was being "complacent".

The man, in his 60s, "saw the train, saw the lights were operating, and for some reason, it just didn't occur to him to stop," according to Acting Sergeant Ian Buckmaster. 

"It's just one of those things," Sgt Buckmaster explained.

"We have the train tracks, but we haven't had trains crossing them for quite some time.

"The driver had likely never seen a train cross there, and so there was none of that muscle memory ready to go."

Both driver and passenger "walked away" from the crash, according to a spokesman for the Queensland Police Service, and were treated for minor injuries at the Warwick Hospital. 

No further damage or injuries were recorded, and no charges were laid in relation to the crash.

EARLIER: A TRAIN collided with a car at a crossing in Toolburra on the Southern Downs this morning.

The train appears to have hit the bonnet of the silver Toyota Camry as it attempted to drive through a level crossing at the Evans St and Warwick Allora Rd intersection at around 11.05am.

According to Senior Constable Greg Naoum the lights at the crossing were fully operational and the crash appears to have been due to driver error. 

The car contained one male driver and one female passenger, both of whom sustained minor injuries and have been transported to Warwick Hospital. 

A spokesman from the Queensland Ambulance service said the paid, in their 60s, were in a stable condition. 

A third patient from the train was assessed, but did not require further treatment.

Cst Naoum said the train drivers were "fine, but shaken up."

There is no evidence of damage to the train or of derailment, according to the QPS spokeswoman. 

Further information to come. 


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