Man in hospital after grain train accident

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The accident happened about 14km east of Wagin.
Camera IconThe accident happened about 14km east of Wagin. Credit: Michael Trail

A man in his 60s has been rushed to hospital with head and leg injuries after his car collided with a CBH train near Wagin this morning.

The accident happened at about 9.30am at the intersection of Gundaring Road South and Wagin-Dumbleyung Road, 14km east of Wagin.

St John Ambulance arrived at the scene at 9.49am and transported the man to Narrogin Hospital

Fire fighters from Wagin, Dumbleyung and Welshpool attended the scene.

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CBH released a statement this afternoon which said the train was empty at the time of the incident.

Countryman understands it had been travelling from the Albany to Newdegate to collect more grain.

CBH and Watco Companies WAare working with Arc Infrastructure and the Office of Rail Safety to investigate the incident.

The lines, which are owned by the State Government, are leased exclusively by Arc Infrastructure until 2049.

The incident comes nine months after CBH released a safety campaign urging drivers to be vigilant at rail crossings.

CBH, which hauls millions of tonnes of grain across WA rail networks each year, released a series of shocking footage of near-misses in which cars were almost hit by grain trains.

In one video, a truck almost collides with a train on a level crossing near Mt Barker, while in another a car drives towards a train at night on the railway.

At the time, CBH operations general manager David Capper said the number of drivers dicing with death at railway crossings was concerning.

Just a month later, Brookton man Thomas Copping, 32, lost a hand and a foot after falling from a moving CBH train in the Wheatbelt.

He fell from the slow-moving train after he and his brother climbed through the carriages instead of waiting for the train to pass.

Watco Companies WA, Arc Infrastructure and the Office of Rail Safety have been contacted for comment.

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