Horror when a coal train cuts truck in HALF on level crossing crash – when witness helps driver escape

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

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

A truck driver is lucky to be alive after his vehicle was cut in half by a coal train in a horror smash on Wednesday morning.

The coal train hit the truck at a level crossing at Turanville Road, Scone, in the upper Hunter Valley, northwest of Newcastle before 7 a.m.

The driver of the truck, a 29-year-old man, was removed from the wreckage by a witness and treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance personnel.

He was conscious and breathing.

He was taken by ambulance to Scone Hospital and then flown to John Hunter Hospital with leg injuries.

An eyewitness called 2GB radio to say that the truck’s cab had “detached” from the vehicle’s body and the tray had been secured under the train.

Fire and Rescue NSW received a distress call just after 7am to say the terrifying collision had occurred.

The train driver was checked by paramedics at the scene, but was uninjured.

The railway will remain closed while investigators assess the damage.

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