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A MAN had a lucky escape after a rail crossing boom gate fell on his utility near Cressy.
Sergeant Don Scott of Colac police said the man was driving across the level crossing on the Hamilton Highway about 10am yesterday when the accident occurred.
Another car narrowly avoided the falling boom gate.
``A car hit the railway boom gate on the Hamilton Highway, the driver was travelling along the road and the gate just dropped. There was a car coming the opposite way and the other driver narrowly missed the gate,'' Sgt Scott said.
``The utility was extensively damaged and the boom gate has got to be replaced with the bells and the signals.''
Despite the drama, the utility driver and his passenger suffered minor bruising and were treated at the scene.
Sgt Scott said police diverted traffic around the area while rail workers repaired the damaged crossing and others cleared the area.
``Trains were halted while the repairs were being conducted and police diverted traffic around the crossing before VicRoads and rail contractors took over,'' he said.
A spokesman from Adelaide rail company ARTC, which maintains the line, said workers carried out temporary repairs on the damaged boom gate and would fix the gate within a week.
``Temporary repairs are presently being made to the boom gate at Cressy located on the main rail line from Melbourne to Adelaide,'' the spokesman said.
``Permanent repairs are expected to be made to the damaged structure by ARTC over the next week.''
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