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By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A MITSUBISHI truck that ploughed down an embankment and onto rail tracks was dragged more than 100 metres by an empty coal train on Saturday evening.
Fortunately the driver had left the vehicle before the collision and remained unhurt.
Gladstone Police Sergeant Owen Lawton said the truck, travelling south along the Bruce Highway, had failed to take a right-hand bend.
Sgt Lawton said the truck ploughed down the embankment and overturned after hitting a drainage ditch. It came to rest with the cabin on the tracks.
He said the accident was reported to police by a woman driver about 5.15pm.
Sgt Lawton said the driver of an approaching coal train coming along a little while later applied the emergency brakes but could not stop in time.
"The train dragged the truck about 100 metres beyond the initial impact point,'' Sgt Lawton said.
He said it appeared there was mi- nor damage to the train.
The truck, owned by a Brisbane company, was pulled out from under the train but was left nearby over-night because of the risks posed by overhead powerlines and the electri- fied rail lines.
He said police again attended the scene yesterday morning while Queensland Rail and Ergon Energy removed the truck from the area about 8am.
Both the Queensland Fire Service and the Queensland Ambulance Ser-vice also attended the incident but were not needed.