A heavy road grader on the semi-trailer hit this overhead bridge with terrific impact after the collision.
A heavy road grader on the semi-trailer hit this overhead bridge with terrific impact after the collision. The semi-trailer, which was carrying more than fourteen tons of earth-moving equipment, was trying to get over the level-crossing at Concord West Station. But the driver found the load was too high to get under this steel stanchion of the bridge. A deep fissure was caused in the bridge after it had been struck by the grader.
Mr. J. Ilfield, the driver of the semi-trailer, had a remarkable escape from death. He was treated at a hospital for shock, but was allowed to leave. Scores of ambulance were rushed to the scene of the accident. In the collision the first three carriages of the train had their sides ripped completely out. Battered slabs of timber and twisted metal and shattered glass rained down on the passengers. Most of the sixty or so people injured were in these three carriages. Nearly all of them received cuts from these jagged edges.
The New South Wales Commissioner for Railways, Mr. McCusker, has promised an immediate inquiry into the accident, which happened just after five o'clock last night. Traffic was held up for several hours, and passengers on other trains had to leave them and travel home by bus. Firemen helped passengers to get off the train involved in the collision.
And this was the point of impact of the collision. The work of clearing away the debris began almost at once. Here now is a closer view of the crack in the bridge. Police had to move people away because of the danger of the bridge collapsing.
The train, which was running late, was travelling from Newcastle to Sydney. It roared round a blind curve two hundred yards from the level crossing at Concord West and was unable to pull up in time. the semi-trailer slewed sideways and the road grader it was carrying hit this stanchion.
As dusk fell workmen used oxy-acetylene cutters to clear away the wreckage. Normal services were restored along the line shortly after eight o'clock last night. Only two of the people injured are in a serious condition. The rest suffered little more than superficial cuts.