Drunk driver ‘leaves his car in the path of a 140 km/h passenger train’

A passenger train en route to Sydney got a call after a car was left abandoned on the tracks.

NSW Police said the vehicle was left by a 23-year-old unlicensed driver from Vanuatu on Saturday evening.

Police allege he took the Hyundai Tucson, owned by his employer, after consuming ‘a large amount of intoxicating alcohol’, heading off-road before clearing the lanes at Merungle Hill, northwest of Wagga Wagga .

He then allegedly backed up with the vehicle on the tracks before leaving the site and returning home.

The train managed to stop tens of meters from the abandoned vehicle. Source: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command – New South Wales Police

Hours later, a passenger train from Griffith approached at 8.20am on Sunday morning, with the driver applying the brakes and managing to bring the train to a stop, managing to avoid hitting the vehicle.

According to the police, the section of railway track has a speed limit of 140 km/h.

Fortunately, none of the passengers on board the train or the driver were injured.

The driver of the Hyundai was located by officers and, according to police, admitted to leaving the car on the tracks.

He has since been charged with taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving without a licence, driving negligently and obstructing a railway locomotive.

He is due to face Leeton Local Court at a later date.

Following the incident, the man’s visa status is currently being reviewed, police said.

Earlier this month, another regional driver was fined $469 for a rarely seen violation when he was caught towing a vehicle that was also towing a trailer.

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Jose P. Rogers