‘Seriously stupid‘ bus driver narrowly misses train collision

A Tasmanian bus driver who failed to give way at a train crossing, narrowly missing an oncoming train, has been criticised as “seriously stupid and reckless”.

TasRail Train. Photo: TasRail

TasRail posted a video on social media showing the bus crossing the rail line just two seconds before a 2000-tonne train reached the crossing.

The bus was empty, but TasRail said the incident had been very traumatic for the train driver who could not tell whether there were students on board.

TasRail communications manager Sarah Hirst said it could have ended in tragedy but thankfullt the children had just been dropped at school.

“Its is a huge relief but it could have gone either way being 8:30am on a Monday morning,” Ms Hirst said.

“I would describe this as seriously stupid and reckless behaviour.

“The train driver was blowing the horn and he‘s failed to take note of the signs at the crossing and by a matter of seconds he‘s missed being hit by a 2,000-tonne train.

“It all happened very quickly and our driver was unable to determine whether or not there were students on board.”

The matter may be referred to police, she said.