Coal train reports near miss with crop duster

A coal train driver has reported a near miss with a crop duster plane in Queensland.

The Courier-Mail reports the Aurizon train was travelling near Dalby at 8.40am Tuesday when the plane flew within 15m of the fully-laden train.

 

The crop duster flew by at eye level, and while a collision was avoided both drivers reported the incident to a control centre operated by Queensland Rail.

 

An Aurizon spokesperson told The Courier-Mail the company was investigating whether the near miss could be classified as a 'Queensland Transport reportable offence'.

 

Police said it was up to Aurizon to decide whether to report the matter to aviation authorities.

 

The near miss is the latest serious incident for the train network in QLD's coal industry, with a separate train jumping the tracks near Gladstone last month.

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