Train accident a powerful message

Jonathan Beninca with students Yogesh Bora and Rash Mohammadzadeh. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d407290
Jonathan Beninca with students Yogesh Bora and Rash Mohammadzadeh. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d407290

After a night out drinking with friends, Mr Beninca decided to take a shortcut across railway tracks and was hit by a train.

Mr Beninca lost an arm, a leg and several fingers in the accident.

As part of the Public Transport Authority’s (PTA) rail safety education program Right Track, Mr Beninca visited students at Thornlie Senior High School to share his story.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said Mr Beninca’s experience was very effective in demonstrating the importance of acting safely around train tracks.

‘Every day, thousands of kids use buses, trains and ferries to get to and from school, and most don’t give safety a second thought,’ he said.

‘Jonathan communicates with them in such an honest and direct way, that they are left with a very clear understanding about the reality of poor decision-making around railways.’

Mr Beninca will visit dozens of Perth schools as part of the program.