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The driver of a train hit and killed three boys near Ipswich, west of Brisbane, has asked to be exempted from giving evidence at the inquest.
State coroner Michael Barnes is examining the circumstances of the deaths of Hayden Duncan, 10, his eight-year-old brother Glen Duncan, and their nine-year-old cousin Reggie Fisher, who were struck and killed by a train at Goodna in 2006.
A lawyer for train driver Dennis Smith asked the coroner to hear evidence from his client's psychologist before deciding whether the driver should give evidence.
Mr Smith is still suffering from trauma caused by the accident.
The inquest will hear evidence tomorrow from the psychiatrist treating the driver involved.
Meanwhile, Queensland Rail train controller John Shields has told a coronial inquest in Brisbane that there were no specific guidelines for drivers to stop when there were trespassers on the track.
Mr Shields told the inquest that an instruction to drivers to proceed with caution would require them to "risk assess a situation".
He said he would expect a train driver to slow down.
Mr Shields said that reports of trespassers in a three-metre danger zone from the centre of the track now trigger a mandatory stop.
Yesterday, the inquiry heard the boys were seen throwing rocks at passing trains shortly before the incident.
They had earlier been moved on from a station after being warned it was dangerous to play near railway tracks.
Police Senior Constable Kim Gralton told the hearing yesterday the children swore at her but left the area.
A short time later she was called to the crash site where the children had been hit.
Yesterday, the mother of the two brothers, Norma Boyd, told media outside the court that police should have done more to stop her sons playing near the tracks.
Ms Boyd says police should have taken them in, not sent them away.
The hearing is continuing.
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