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Truck driver charged after Ghan level crossing crash

<p>Charges have been laid against a truck driver whose rig was hit by <em>The Ghan</em> at a level crossing in December.</p> <p>The crash, 160 km south of Darwin at Ban Ban Springs, caused the derailment of two locomotives and nine carriages, blocking the line for several days and causing several million dollars of damage.</p> <p>The truck driver and one passenger on the train were injured when <em>The Ghan</em> , travelling at more than 100 km&#47h, collided with the truck. </p> <p>The Director of Public Prosecutions said the 57-year-old truck driver was charged with doing a dangerous act, failing to stop at the level crossing and not wearing a seat belt. </p> <p>The ABC reported that the truck driver was also accused of driving an unsafe, unregistered and uninsured vehicle.</p> <p>He will appear in court next month.</p> <p><em>The Ghan</em> ‘s owner, Great Southern Railway, said it looked forward to the matter being resolved in the courts.</p> <br />