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Close shave with train

By: Peter Tripp

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  8.18 PM 5 December, 2013


Location: District 8 News

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A motorist had a lucky escape when his car was side-swiped by a city-bound train during yesterday afternoon's (5 December) peak period.

Upon arrival at the Nepean Hwy/Lochiel Avenue railway crossing, CFA crews found the 19-year-old driver shaken, but otherwise unhurt after his car had been rear-ended by another vehicle and pushed through closed boom gates into the side of a passing train.

CFA Commander Captain Fountain said that the driver was lucky to be unhurt as the train had sliced over the bonnet and then down the drivers side of his Volkswagen Golf. The car was swung through 90 degrees during the impact, and came to rest against a Metro electrical junction box.

Though only minor damage to Metro assets, the Frankston line trains had to be stopped for a short time while CFA crews helped remove the car from the tracks.

In attendance were Edithvale pumper and car, police, Ambulance Victoria and Metro.

Last Updated: 06 December 2013