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‘Dad should still be here’

GONE TOO SOON: Truck driver Noel Garnham and his wife, Sandra. Noel tragically died in September at a rural rail crossing.
GONE TOO SOON: Truck driver Noel Garnham and his wife, Sandra. Noel tragically died in September at a rural rail crossing. Contributed

ON SEPTEMBER 23, truck driver Noel Garnham climbed into the cab of his Western Star to head off to work, just as he did every day.

But sadly, no-one knew it would be Noel's last trip.

On Noel's way home, with a road train load of grain, his truck collided with a train, taking his life instantly.

Noel was killed at the level railway crossing on Tullamore Rd in Narromine, New South Wales.

In the wake of her father's tragic death, Noel's daughter Nikki-lee is campaigning to see rural railway crossings made safer.

"I strongly believe if the railway line had better signage and warning signals Dad would still be here today," Nikki-lee told Big Rigs.

"I would like to see all rural railway lines across Australia have boom gates placed on them to make them more visible upon approach.

"An extra set of warning lights about 300m before the crossing would allow truck drivers extra time to be able to stop safety."

Nikki-lee said she continued to see slogans put out by the government suggesting "no one should die on our roads".

"It's time the government stepped up and made railway crossings safer so there's less fatal crashes," he said.

"No family should have to endure what ours has.

"Dad went on his way to work, did his job and didn't make it home safely because of a rural railway crossing."

Nikki-lee said if everyone stood together and made their voices heard hopefully someone would listen.

If you would like to help Nikki-lee's campaign go to the page online to sign the petition.

Big Rigs

Topics:  fatal, level crossing, tragedy


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