Thursday 22 December 2011

Sunlander Train mishap | central locking the answer?

Boy, 5, falls from moving Sunlander train

Michael Serenc
Thursday, December 22, 2011
© The Cairns Post

Boy, 5, falls from moving Sunlander train
A boy, 5, is recovering from head injuries after falling from a moving train at Aloomba last night. He was taken to Cairns Base Hospital in a stable condition after the accident about 7.30pm.

Passengers on board the packed Sunlander, travelling from Brisbane to Cairns, said police were waiting at Gordonvale to meet the train.

The train stopped briefly at Gordonvale station where the boy’s parents reportedly disembarked."Everyone on the train was bloody upset, they had no idea what had happened," passenger Trevor Erlan said. "When it happens to a little kid like that, it’s one of those things where you say, ‘Shivers, how did it happen in the first place?’"

It was not known how the boy fell from the "slow-moving" train and Queensland Rail was not able to give any further details last night. The train arrived at Cairns Central station after 8pm, almost 30 minutes late.

Queensland Rail and workplace health and safety officers launched investigations last night to try to determine what happened.

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