Warning for motorists ahead of cane crushing season


Our rail lines are set to become busier with the cane crushing season about to begin. 
Bundaberg Sugars says they will be kicking off the crushing on June 20th. 
They are warning locals cane trains will have an increased presence in the lead up and during the crush. 
Cane Supply Manager, Matt Curtis says they will be operating 24 hours a day. 
"Really what we are wanting people to do is increase their awareness of where tracks cross the road and their awareness of the loco's in general," Mr Curtis says. 
"We don't want people hitting trains and trying to race trains."
He also says motorists should not be fooled by the speed of a cane train and must realise that it can’t stop quickly
"They are hard to stop but they are pretty slow moving so that's I think one of the attractions people think they can race them but they can get there before you know it," he says.
"Each train when it's loaded between 400-500 tonnes and they can take over a kilometre to stop." 
Bundaberg Police Senior Sergeant, Michael McGarry, says many motorists do not realise that failing to stop or give way at the signage situated at a level crossing is a traffic infringement.
“Whether level crossings have flashing lights or signage only, motorists must be vigilant and drive to the conditions, slowing down and obeying the signals," Senior Sergeant McGarry says.
“Road users must also be mindful that during the cane harvesting season we see more heavy vehicles on our roads, such as trucks, harvesters and haul‐outs. 
Be patient and only overtake when safe to do so.”