An XPT train driver hit the brakes and missed five Dungog rail passengers by just 80 metres: report

By Joanne McCarthy
Updated January 17 2018 - 3:57pm, first published 2:30pm
Tragedy averted: A loaded Pacific National coal train. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigated after a disabled coal train incident led to train passengers being directed to walk on rail tracks in the path of a speeding train.
Tragedy averted: A loaded Pacific National coal train. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigated after a disabled coal train incident led to train passengers being directed to walk on rail tracks in the path of a speeding train.

AN XPT train travelling at 118 kph came within 80 metres of hitting five train passengers and rail staff walking on a railway track north of Paterson in a near-tragedy caused by rail staff “misunderstandings”, an investigation has found.

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