Car hit by train at level crossing in Waroona, south-east of Mandurah

Car hit by train at level crossing in Waroona, south-east of Mandurah

A PASSENGER train collided with a car at a level crossing in Waroona, south-east of Mandurah today.

Emergency services were sent to Coronation Road with reports a male driver and female passenger had been injured.

The RAC rescue helicopter was sent to the accident however, it was stood down the passengers only had minor injuries.

St John Ambulance took the male driver, who is aged in his 30s, to Peel Health Campus. A female passenger, believed to be the man’s wife, was also taken to the Peel hospital.

One of the first on the scene of the crash, Rick Riggio, said the vehicle had hit the Bunbury-bound train just before it arrived at the Waroona station.

“I heard the train slowing down and then an extra toot, which is unusual for the Australind, and then almost immediately after I heard that I heard the impact,” he said.

“It actually threw the car off the road – about 5m off the road – and it ended up facing 90 degrees from the direction it was going.”

Mr Riggio owns Riggs Auto Centre, the closest business to the Coronation Road crash site.

He said it was the first time in his 18 years of operation next to the level crossing that a car and train had collided.

“I raced out there to see if everyone was alright and they were both out of the car,” he said.

The wife, who was the passenger, had a small wound on her head and was taken to the local doctor surgery. I had to help tell them how to get there because the train was blocking the road.”

St John Ambulance confirmed no train passengers had been injured.

A Public Transport Authority (PTA) spokeswoman said train passengers were moved by bus.

Mr Riggio said the car was totally destroyed and agreed the couple were lucky to escape with minor injuries.

The damage to the train will be assessed in Perth and today’s train services will be replaced by buses in the short term.

The PTA will contact any passengers with tickets for the Australind train affected by the cancellation.

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