Freight train driver killed in WA crash

West Australian authorities have been called to an accident involving two freight trains. Picture: Getty Images
West Australian authorities have been called to an accident involving two freight trains. Picture: Getty Images

A DRIVER has died after his freight train rear-ended a grain train in Western Australia.

The crash happened near Jumperkine Station in the Walyunga National Park about 2am on Christmas Eve.

Both the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Arc Infrastructure are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

“The freight train locomotive cabin was substantially damaged and the driver fatally injured,” the ATSB said on Tuesday.

“The ATSB will examine the rolling stock and track infrastructure layout, interview personnel, analyse the train data logger and obtain relevant documentation for analysis.

“Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.”

The freight train was operated by Pacific National, while the grain train was operated by Watco.

WA Police is also investigating the collision and will prepare a report for the coroner.