Horror as a coal train cuts truck in HALF in railway crossing crash

Horror as a coal train cuts a truck in HALF after crashing into it at a railway crossing – with a witness helping the driver escape before he is flown to hospital

  • Truck hit by train and cut in half at railway crossing on Wednesday morning
  • The truck driver, 29, pulled to safety by a witness and treated at the scene
  • He was flown to John Hunter Hospital with leg injuries, train driver unhurt

By Peter Vincent For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:49, 28 September 2021 | Updated: 02:01, 29 September 2021

A truck driver has had a miracle escape after his vehicle was cut in half by a coal train in a horror smash at a railway crossing.

The coal train hit the truck on a level railway crossing at Turanville Road, Scone, in the upper Hunter Valley, before 7am on Wednesday.

The driver of the truck, a 29 year old man, was pulled from the wreck to safety by a witness and treated for serious injuries at the scene by NSW Ambulance crew.

He was conscious and breathing, but suffered chest and leg injuries.

A truck driver had a miracle escape after his vehicle was cut in half by a coal train in a horror smash at a railway crossing in the Hunter Valley

Horror as a coal train cuts truck in HALF in railway crossing crash

NSW Ambulance treated the 29 year old truck driver at the scene.

He sustained leg and chest injuries and was taken to hospital at Scone before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital

‘Shortly before 7.15am, emergency services were called to Turanville Road, Scone, following reports a southbound train and a truck collided at a level crossing,’ a NSW Police statement said.

Four crews and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter including a critical care paramedic and critical care doctor on board were dispatched to the scene.

The driver was taken to Scott Memorial Hospital in a serious condition by ambulance then is believed to have been flown to John Hunter Hospital.

Photos from the accident scene show the truck’s cabin thrown forward from the body of the vehicle but its tray still pinned under the goal train carriages.

The train did not appear to have come off the rails. 

‘When we arrived on scene and saw the wreckage, there was obviously some serious concerns that anyone involved could be critically injured,’ NSW Ambulance station officer Mark Bell told Daily Mail Australia.

‘The local community members who rushed to his aid should be applauded, it’s great to see people looking out for each other in such difficult moments.

Horror as a coal train cuts truck in HALF in railway crossing crash

NSW Ambulance treated the 29 year old truck driver for leg injuries on the scene shortly after 7am on Wednesday

Horror as a coal train cuts truck in HALF in railway crossing crash

The shocking accident occurred just before 7am on a level crossing in regional NSW, near Scone in the upper Hunter Valley

‘It’s so important to maintain vigilance when driving any type of motor vehicle.

It only takes a split second for a horrific incident like this to occur.’

Fire and Rescue NSW received an emergency call just after 7am to say the frightening collision had occurred. 

The train line remains closed while investigators assess the damage.

‘Officers from Hunter Valley Police District have commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash,’ NSW Police added.