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FAR NORTH motorists have been warned to stay alert for sugar cane trains at rail crossings as crushing season begins.
The sugar industry’s cane rail network is dormant for six months of the year before becoming active around-the-clock from June to December.
MSF Cane logistics manager Steve Stoter who is encouraging people to beware of cane trains with he start of the crushing season. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSSugar company MSF, which operates the trains, said this inactive period creates a level of complacency among motorists to the deadly risk of a colliding with a train.
“It’s important to understand just how dangerous cane trains can be. There’s an incorrect assumption that cane trains are small and can’t hurt you, but this is far from correct,” MSF Sugar cane supply manager Ken Hall said.
A fully loaded cane train can weigh up to 1000 tonnes with a stopping distance of 250m in good conditions.
Motorists and pedestrians are warned to watch for flashing lights and listen for audio signals, especially at rail crossings with no boom gates and only a Give Way sign.
This article first appeared on www.cairnspost.com.au
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