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Aurizon is again urging the community to refrain from straying on to tracks, after a wild-life pursuit led to an incident in Queensland.
Two wildlife carers were put in immediate danger after following an injured emu into a rail corridor at Stanmore last month.
Fortunately, an Aurizon employee was passing and was able to inform the two individuals of the approaching danger and quickly move them to safety shortly before the next train passed.
According to Aurizon, drivers of the approaching train had to apply emergency brakes in an attempt to prevent collision.
“It’s quite possible without the quick thinking of the Aurizon employee, we could have had a potentially devastating incident,” company head of safety Neil Becker said.
Becker used the incident to remind the community to stay off the tracks, even if hazards do not seem immediately apparent.
“Contrary to what people may think, an approaching fully-loaded train is quite quiet and can be very close before being heard,” he said.
Becker added that while the two carers had “good intentions” in attempting to rescue the emu, they had, in entering the train corridor, “put themselves and others at risk of being injured or even worse, killed”.
Becker stated that incidents like these are grave reminders that only those with the correct permission and authority ought to enter the corridor.
“Safety is paramount and that’s why it is illegal for unauthorised people to enter the rail corridor. We need to remind the community that our drivers can’t swerve to miss people on the track. It takes nearly two kilometres to stop a 10 thousand tonne coal train even with the application of the emergency brakes.”
Aurizon’s focus after this incident, Becker said, is to encourage everyone to make sure they discuss and understand rail safety and to “practice safe behaviour around the rail corridor”.
“Every near miss, incident or fatality on the rail network can have devastating effects on the people involved and can also cause severe and ongoing trauma for our drivers and their families,” he warned.
In circumstances where animals and livestock wander on to the corridor, Aurizon encourages individuals to stay clear and call the Aurizon emergency number on 1800 079 303.
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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