There have been several near misses of Trains and vehicles prompting a warning from Rail Operator Aurizon. Two serious incidents including one in Kalgoorlie Boulder have train drivers reaching for the emergency brakes. The most recent Wednesday night near Mundijong south of Perth.
“On Wednesday night, a vehicle with passengers inside was stopped in the middle of the Lowlands Level Crossing in Mundijoing, where fortunately our driver had enough warning to stop the train just short of hitting the car. Had the driver been unable to stop the train, the result would have been devastating." According to Head of Safety with Aurizon Danny Harnedy.
While last month in Kalgoorlie Boulder another near miss could have been even worse “Just last month our drivers also narrowly missed a B-Double fuel tanker that illegally crossed the Yarri Road level crossing in Parkeston, West Kalgoorlie.
“The motorist appeared to blatantly ignore the flashing lights at the level crossing, and had the tanker crossed the tracks seconds earlier the result could have been catastrophic." Mr Harnedy said.
This week is National Rail Safety Week -The annual community awareness week held in Australia and New Zealand designed to engage the community in safe rail practices.