Sugar Company Urges Care After Train Collides With Harvester

Wilmar Sugar has urged people to take more care around its cane railway network after a harvester and a train collided in July.

The company said the collision happened in Ingham, Queensland, and that the train driver sounded his horn and applied the brakes, but could not prevent the collision as the harvester slowly crossed the tracks.

Video shows the impact of the crash, derailing the train.

“Locomotives can haul in excess of 1,000 tonnes of rolling weight, so can take up to one kilometre to stop after brakes are applied,” Paul Giordani, a manager with Wilmar, said. “As this incident proves, even if a loco driver sees you on the track, he or she may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting you.” Credit: Wilmar Sugar Australia via Storyful