Second crash for notorious FMG crossing

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A Fortescue Metals Group railway crossing on the Great Northern Highway in the Pilbara has suffered its second collision in six months.

Last Monday a truck collided with an FMG locomotive at around 5.15pm.

According to the North West Telegraph the truck driver suffered only minor cuts and bruising.

The level crossing’s flashing lights and boom gate had been in operation during the accident, and local police said the glare of the setting sun had played a role in the crash.

A spokesperson for FMG told the North West Telegraph the crossing was perfectly safe and adhered to all safety standards and laws.

But police said the company could look at installing LEDs or shielding to help drivers.

In May a triple road train crashed into an FMG locomotive at the same intersection at a similar time of day.

The crash is latest bad news for the company, which is also facing allegations sections of an FMG Aboriginal heritage survey had been purposely removed.

The Greens have raised concerns the company’s Firetail and Solomon sites may be damaging ancestral burial grounds sacred to the Yinjibarndi community.

Image: ABC News

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