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TWO juveniles walking on a railway bridge were forced to cling to a pylon and dangle over crocodile-infested waters to avoid being hit by a cane train at Macknade.
Surveillance footage from Wilmar Sugar revealed the pair of youths were walking on a bridge over the Herbert River towards Cordelia when the outbound Hobart locomotive travelled on to the bridge about 11.45am on Monday.
The cane train driver saw them from 40m away, but was unable to stop in time, forcing them to climb onto a pylon.
The loco was hauling a rake of empty cane bins and took nearly a minute to travel over the pair. Halifax Police Sergeant John Tantalo said the matter was under investigation.
“We have a pretty good idea of who they are, but we are just waiting for more CCTV footage so that a decision can be made,” he said.
“It is a timely reminder to parents to educate their children on and around trains and railway crossings.”
Wilmar Sugar Herbert cane supply manager Jim Kirchner said the incident had the potential to be very serious.
“At that distance, there was nothing the driver could have done to avoid hitting them if they’d stayed on the tracks,” he said.
“The Macknade railway bridge has cane trains travelling over it frequently every day during the crushing season.
“The chances someone on the bridge is going to be confronted by a cane train are pretty high.”
Mr Kirchner said in addition to being a foolish and unnecessarily risky activity, it’s also illegal.
“People who walk, ride, fish or doing anything on cane railway bridges are trespassing,” he said
“There are signs at each end of all cane railway bridges warning people not to go on
“Members of the public should stay well clear of the cane railway corridor, especially bridges.”
This article first appeared on www.townsvillebulletin.com.au
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