Woman escapes as train hits car

A WOMAN who crashed her car onto a rail line in the path of an oncoming train was able to free herself moments before the train slammed into her car in Toowoomba.

Maralinda Venter, 55, was driving a Toyota Camry on Hermitage Rd when she lost control of her car on Sunday night.

The car crashed down an embankment, rolled and came to rest on train tracks near the Baillie Henderson Hospital at Cranley just before 10pm.

Toowoomba Police Sergeant Greg Wheeler said the injured woman could hear the oncoming train and freed herself from the wreckage.

The driver of the empty coal train saw the crash and activated the emergency brakes.

However, the train was unable to stop and collided with the car.

Mrs Venter was shaken and sustained a cut to the head and bruising.

Paramedics took her to the Toowoomba Hospital for treatment.

Sgt Wheeler said police and QR were investigating the crash.

A safety inspection of the train was carried out and it only sustained minor damage.

A QR National spokesperson yesterday said the train was unable to avoid the collision despite the driver applying full emergency brakes.

"The incident highlights the risks to motorists and pedestrians who unlawfully enter the rail corridor," the spokesperson said.

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