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Drivers still dicing with death at railway crossings

RAIL crossing warnings are being ignored - months after a train operator pleaded for people to stop dicing with death.

Veteran local train driver Eddie Joyce has reminded people that a minute lost is much better than losing a life, after motorists continue to ignore level crossing safety advice.

The Observer recently reported train operator Aurizon feared someone would die if habits didn't change.

Mr Joyce has worked for Aurizon for 35 .

He reckons every Aurizon driver at his depot has had a close call, as drivers continue to gamble with their lives at level crossings.

"I've had numerous close calls over the years," he said.

"It can be very traumatic for train drivers."

An Aurizon media spokesperson confirmed four collisions and two near misses had been reported at level crossings within the Gladstone region. Since 2010, there have been 73 incidents reported at the 198 level crossingsthat exist locally.

Mr Joyce pleaded with people to think about their decisions when approaching level crossings.

"There are people here (at Callemondah depot) that've had collisions," he said. "It's something that you don't want to be involved in. All we want to do is change people's perspectives.

"At the end of the day, no train driver here wants to be involved in a collision or a fatality."

He said despite the warning systems, people continued to play Russian roulette.

"There's flashing lights on them but I guarantee nearly every day someone tries to out run the train," Mr Joyce said.

"Most of the time it's less than a minute or so waiting. It doesn't take long. It's either that or your life."

Fully loaded coal trains can take up to 2km to pull up.

Topics:  coal train, gladstone, railway crossing, warning



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