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Crash between train and truck near South Australia – New South Wales border leaves two people dead

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Two people have died in a crash between a truck and a freight train at a level crossing near the South Australia-New South Wales border.

The crash took place at a train crossing on the Barrier Highway in Bindarrah about 10.30am on Sunday.

In a statement, a spokesperson for rail company Pacific National confirmed the deaths of two employees.

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“It is with great sadness Pacific National confirms the death of two of our Port Augusta train crew following a serious incident where our locomotive collided with a truck at a crossing in Bindarrah in South Australia, near the New South Wales border,” the statement said.

“Pacific National takes the safety of its employees very seriously and has notified regulators who are investigating.”

The spokesperson added that police were leading the incident response.

“This incident is having a profound impact across the organisation, and our first priority is to ensure the highest level of care to the families of our drivers who have tragically died,” they said.

Police said the road would be closed in both directions for “some time”.

Interstate travellers have been warned to expect delays.

“Motorists coming from NSW will not be able to travel past Broken Hill on the Barrier Hwy into SA.”

Drivers heading east will also not be able to travel past Petersburg Rd.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed it was investigating the level crossing accident.

“The ATSB is deploying Adelaide-based transport safety investigators, with experience in train and railway operations, to the accident site,” a spokesperson said.

“As part of their evidence collection activities investigators will examine the level crossing infrastructure and rollingstock, interview involved parties and any witnesses, examine truck and train operational information, recover any relevant components for further examination at the ATSB’s laboratories in Canberra, and analyse any recorded information.

“The scope of the investigation and its timeframe will be determined as the ATSB builds its understanding of the nature of the accident.”

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