Car Hit by Train While Maryborough Man Answers Call of Nature

 

News article: Car Hit by Train While Maryborough Man Answers Call of Nature

A Maryborough man's stop for a call of nature on Saturday night turned to disaster when his car was hit by a fully laden freight train.

  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
A Maryborough man's stop for a call of nature on Saturday night turned to disaster when his car was hit by a fully laden freight train.





The impact of the crash lifted the Commodore station wagon 4m into the air and shunted it 40m down the road, leaving it a twisted ball of metal.





Luckily the south-bound freight train stayed on the rails and the driver stopped it about a kilometre down the track to assess the damage.





Emergency services were called to the Hermans Rd railway crossing at Gunalda about 7.45pm.
Car Hit by Train While Maryborough Man Answers Call of Nature


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What the actual smeg? Dickhead parked his car on a crossing to take a whiz? Seems legit.

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  jjbc Junior Train Controller

Sounds very dodgy as written, but there's actually a bit more to the story regarding Mr Cockburn.

Seems he had spent about 20 minutes trying a variety of techniques to gain traction before impact.
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Well that makes a lot more sense Smile

Still a moron for choosing to do a u-turn on a fricken railway crossing though!
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
What the actual smeg? Dickhead parked his car on a crossing to take a whiz? Seems legit.
drwaddles
Haha, that was my reaction too!

I also had to laugh about the line "there were no other passengers onboard", well duh, it was a freight train...
  HeadShunt Chief Train Controller

This is almost hilarious, except that it could have ended in a real disaster as we have seen before.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Seems he had not had the car long. Now that would really piss you off Laughing
  qredge Deputy Commissioner

Location: Marsden Qld
Hope he had insurance!
Good graphic image of how powerful a train is
Before and after shots should be shown to all learner drivers
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I fail to see how any one could be so stupid as to park or even try a U turn on a level crossing at all. Taking a whizz was he, he would not have left the local waterhole would he. Most probably.Rolling Eyes
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
I fail to see how any one could be so stupid as to park or even try a U turn on a level crossing at all. Taking a whizz was he, he would not have left the local waterhole would he. Most probably.Rolling Eyes
David Peters
Think you might have nailed it, David! Desperate toilet break in the middle of nowhere, something as stupid as a 3 point turn on a rail crossing...
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Another nomination for the Darwin Award.
  Speed Minister for Railways

The Darwin Award is for an exact of stupidity that jeopardises the recipient's chances of reproducing. The owner of the vehicle did not actually get his genitals burnt. Nothing caught on fire.

It's worth reading the article to which JJBC linked.
He decided to pull into Hermans Rd, a small dead-end road just off the highway south of Gunalda, to make a comfort stop about 7.45pm. When he reversed the vehicle to turn it around and restart his journey home the back wheels of the Commodore got hung up on the railway lines.
  tezza Chief Commissioner

The Darwin Award is for an exact of stupidity that jeopardises the recipient's chances of reproducing. The owner of the vehicle did not actually get his genitals burnt. Nothing caught on fire.

It's worth reading the article to which JJBC linked.
Speed

He decided to pull into Hermans Rd, a small dead-end road just off the highway south of Gunalda, to make a comfort stop about 7.45pm. When he reversed the vehicle to turn it around and restart his journey home the back wheels of the Commodore got hung up on the railway line.



He might have found himself caught up in a massive bog
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

He decided to pull into Hermans Rd, a small dead-end road just off the highway south of Gunalda, to make a comfort stop about 7.45pm. When he reversed the vehicle to turn it around and restart his journey home the back wheels of the Commodore got hung up on the railway line.



He might have found himself caught up in a massive bog
tezza
Very much confirms that Holden Commodores really are "Dunnydores" or "Commodes"....Laughing
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
The Darwin Award is for an exact of stupidity that jeopardises the recipient's chances of reproducing. The owner of the vehicle did not actually get his genitals burnt. Nothing caught on fire.

It's worth reading the article to which JJBC linked.
Speed
Yes, but looking at the site of the incident on Google Maps there would seem to be a perfect good level crossing in place. Only by doing something completely stupid (and illegal) could he have got himself caught up on the track.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld

Man fined $800 after car was smashed by train

   Averyll Loft
   23rd May 2013 6:31 AM

A MARYBOROUGH man whose car was smashed by a freight train after he stopped to relieve himself on the side of the Bruce Hwy has been fined $800.

Hayden Vincent Benatar Cockburn, 24, on Wednesday pleaded guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention.

Prosecutor Nicole Kunkel told the court that at 6.30pm on April 13 Cockburn was returning home to Maryborough when he decided to stop for a toilet break and turned into Hermans Rd at Gunalda.

He crossed a set of "clearly marked" railway lines and parked his car on the side of the road.

She said when he returned to his car, he reversed directly back onto the railway lines, causing his back tyres to become lodged in the stones alongside the track.

"He tried to free the car for 15 to 20 minutes," she said.

Cockburn's frustration at not being able to move his car soon turned into horror when he heard a train approaching and saw the boom gates start to lower.

"The freight train collided with the rear of the vehicle, throwing it 50 metres," Snr Const Kunkel said.

"The (train) driver activated the emergency stop. No one was injured, he was the only person onboard."

Snr Const Kunkel said a boom gate was taken out by the car and all rail traffic along the line had to be stopped - but there was no restitution sought by Queensland Rail.

"The car was unrepairable."

Cockburn asked Magistrate Annette Hennessy to spare him his licence as he drove 800km to and from work each week.

She agreed that she would not disqualify him due to his limited traffic history and the fact that the incident was unintended.

http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/fined-for-rail-accident/1878580/
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  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
The owner of the vehicle did not actually get his genitals burnt. Nothing caught on fire.
Speed
In spite of his surname... Mr. Green
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
In spite of his surname... Mr. Green
Graham4405
Classic... Laughing

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