Man, 75, dies on tracks
A 75-YEAR-OLD Tannum Sands man died yesterday when he was struck by a train north of Gladstone.
The man was struck by a coal train on the line adjacent to the Gladstone-Mt Larcom road at Aldoga, just north of Yarwun.
The incident occurred about 10am, but the highway was not closed as a result.
Precise details of what happened were unavailable, and the coal train’s stationary position on the tracks in relation to where the body lay gave little indication of what took place.
Police and Queensland Ambulance Service personnel attended the scene of the accident.
The Observer contacted Queensland Rail (QR) yesterday for comment, but they were unwilling to answer questions about how long the line remained closed after the accident, whether the drivers would receive counselling, or whether one of the drivers was a trainee train driver.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the man suffered horrific injuries as a result of the accident.
Gladstone Police were unable to release any further details.
The Observer contacted the Rail, Tram and Bus Union to learn how the train drivers were coping in the situation. However, the union official was unable to comment because of ongoing consultation with QR.
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