QR warns against train surfing

RAIL freight operator QR National has expressed shock and concern after a weekend incident in which a man was seriously injured while illegally riding a coal train between Murphys Ck and Spring Bluff.

The train crew of the west bound train discovered the 52-year-old man with substantial injuries injuries to his left arm, which may have needed to have been amputated, near Holmes about 10pm Saturday.

Police are investigating where the man climbed on board the train.

The RACQ CareFlight rescue helicopter flew the man from the scene to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, where he is now in a critical but stable condition.

QR National's senior vice president of safety, health and environment Neil Backer said any illegal entry to the corridor was dangerous but "train surfing" ranked as one of the most risky behaviours of all.

"We hear all too often of the tragic consequences of this behaviour and are saddened by this incident over the weekend which has ended in terrible consequences, but could have been even worse and ended in a fatality," Mr Becker said.

"There have been a number of tragic fatalities over the years involving train surfers and these have been devastating not only for the victims' families but also for our train drivers.

"The message is simple - stay away from the rail corridor - or you are taking your life in your own hands."

The QR National train crew on board have been offered counselling.
 


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