Freight train driver in critical condition after crash with road train in Kalgoorlie

Two freight train drivers aged in their 70s have been airlifted to Perth after a collision with a road train in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Emergency services were called to the Yarri Road crossing, a few kilometres east of the CBD, at about 5:00pm yesterday.

The drivers, both aged 70, were flown to Perth this morning, with one listed as being in a critical condition and the other stable.

The truck driver, aged in his 40s, sustained minor injuries.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says it will act swiftly if its investigation identifies any immediate risks.(ABC Goldfields: Dinushi Dias)

In a statement, rail freight operator Aurizon said it was providing support to its employees and their families.

"Kalgoorlie Police attended the site and have now released it to the rail infrastructure owner, the Australian Rail Track Corporation, which will coordinate the rail recovery process," a spokesman said.

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it had launched an investigation into the collision.

"A road train truck had driven into the path of freight train 2C74, resulting in the collision and the derailment of the train's locomotive," a spokesman said.

"Active level crossing equipment were reported to be operating."

The spokesman said a report would be released after the investigation and that immediate action would be taken if any critical safety issues were discovered.

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