NSW, Motorcyclist dead after train collision
Motorcyclist dead after train collision
September 24, 2008, 11:34 pm

The driver of a train had to be alerted by passengers to its involvement in a collision which killed a motorcycle rider in northern NSW.

About 4pm (AEST) on Wednesday the northbound train passed through a level crossing on Currabubula Street at Duri, about 20km south of Tamworth.

"The train entered the level crossing and was involved in a collision with the motorcyclist," a police spokesman told AAP.

"A 34-year-old local man died at the scene."

The train was travelling at 140km/h when the motorcycle slammed into the train's second carriage, Network Ten reports.

"We felt a big thud underneath our carriage and a woman two seats back actually saw a guy on a motorbike run into the side of a train and it was directly under where I was sitting," a woman on board the train told ABC Radio.

"We all panicked and freaked out and ran up to where the driver was and he had to stop the train."

None of the 200 passengers on board the train were injured in the collision.

The train was delayed for more than two hours as crash investigators examined the scene.

There were no flashing lights or boom gates at the level crossing, police said.
"How long will the next train be? Six cars would be my guess."
dateline= Wrote:There were no flashing lights or boom gates at the level crossing, police said.

No, but there was a big hurty train going through it at the time - which is as a good a barrier as you will find anywhere.
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