This stolen 4WD was struck by a train carrying dangerous goods north of Aldershot after it was stolen and abandoned on Tuesday night.
This stolen 4WD was struck by a train carrying dangerous goods north of Aldershot after it was stolen and abandoned on Tuesday night. Jocelyn Watts

Train hits stolen 4WD on tracks

IT COULD have been so much worse.

A Queensland Rail freight train driver had no time to stop on Tuesday night when faced with a car across the railway tracks north of Aldershot.

The train slammed into the side of the 4WD, completely wrecking the car and badly shaking up the train driver.

Paramedics and fire crews were called to the scene but it was soon discovered the car was empty at the time of impact.

It had been abandoned on the railway track some time during the evening after being stolen from outside an Aldershot home on Tuesday.

The car ended up on its roof and was towed from the scene about midnight.

Queensland Rail reopened the train line about 1am yesterday.

The young mum who owned the car had only had it a short time.

The car was not insured.

A Queensland Rail spokesman described the incident as “extremely concerning”.

“The actions of the person involved could have claimed the lives of our train crew.

“It is impossible to understand why anyone would want to deliberately cause harm to people who are just doing their job.

“This type of mindless behaviour can have enormous consequences; lives can be lost and the person responsible can face substantial fines and even jail.”

QR is urging anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers.

The train was not damaged and continued on its journey but the car was a write-off and was taken to an auto wrecker for disposal yesterday afternoon.



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