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Costs of fatal level crossing smash could top $10m

<p>A truck driver has died after his truck collided with an empty Pacific National grain train at a level crossing south of Forbes in central New South Wales on Saturday (March 10).</p> <p>The 6.40 pm incident blocked the line between Cootamundra and Parkes.</p> <p>The hay truck driver was thrown from his cabin and died at the scene.</p> <p>The two train drivers were treated for minor injuries.</p> <p>The truck and three locomotives travelled about 100 metres down the track before they all caught fire and the locomotives derailed.</p> <p>Pacific National said replacement costs on the locomotives could top $10m.</p> <p>Pacific National, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) are all expected to begin separate investigations.</p> <p>The ARTC was this morning seeking details about the extent of the track damage and what alternative routes were being used.</p> <p>The line is believed to be used for both Sydney-Perth and Brisbane-Perth trains. </p> <p>However, Pacific National said it had two alternative routes it could use.</p> <br />