Public Transport Authority could seek damages from motorist who crashed onto train tracks

The banged-up ute on the tracks near Currambine station. Pictures: Anthony Mason
The banged-up ute on the tracks near Currambine station. Pictures: Anthony Mason
The banged-up ute on the tracks near Currambine station. Pictures: Anthony Mason The banged-up ute on the tracks near Currambine station. Pictures: Anthony Mason

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THE Public Transport Authority could seek damages from the motorist involved in yesterday’s Mitchell Freeway crash on to the tracks near Currambine station.

The damage bill is expected to run into the tens of thousands of dollars after engineers worked into the night to repair an overhead mast and wiring.

Train controllers, bus and train drivers, customer service staff, transit officers, technical staff and others also worked overnight to ensure train services between Joondalup and Butler resumed this morning.

The driver’s ute crashed through the freeway safety barrier north of Currambine station after 5.30pm.

A temporary mast put in place overnight will need to be replaced by a permanent structure in the coming days, which may require another temporary closure.

The PTA said every effort would be made to ensure the work could be done off-peak or overnight. Replacement buses will operate.

The PTA is liaising with WA Police over the cause of the crash, which left the driver with minor injuries.

The PTA has previously pursued motorists for the costs of damage to the city’s rail network.

More information about any possible weekend disruptions will be released by Transperth.

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