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Bellata train accident: man dead following train-ute collision

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UPDATE: A MAN has died after a Sydney-bound passenger train collided with a ute between Moree and Narrabri.

The Moree to Sydney Xplorer service was stopped less than a hour into its trip when it hit a ute at a rail crossing near Millie Road in Bellata.

At About 8.40am emergency services were called to the scene 50 kilometres north of Narrabri after the southbound XPT struck a Holden Rodeo at the crossing in Bellata.

The 64-year-old male driver of the ute died at the scene.


There were no reports of injuries on board the train, which was carrying 18 passengers and three crew.

The train was evacuated as police forensically examined the vehicles.

The passengers were put on buses from Bellata.

Passengers from Werris Creek onward were placed on buses for the rest of the journey to Sydney.

Crash Near Wee Waa

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The Kamilaroi Highway between Wee Waa and Narrabri is affected in both directions following a crash.

The region's rescue helicopter attended the single vehicle rollover and flew a 79 year old female with multiple injuries to John Hunter Hospital.

A second patient has been flown from Narrabri airport to  a Sydney Hospital by air ambulance.

Wee Waa local John Burgess (John Burgess Photography) has raised an incredible $9,121for Mental Health

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Wee Waa local John Burgess (John Burgess Photography) has raised an incredible $9,121 for the CRRMH by creating and selling the Cotton Country Kids 2019 calendar.

John has kindly donated the proceeds of the calendar sales with the aim of caring for the mental health of his community. The funds will be spent specifically in Wee Waa, and Moree based Rural Adversity Mental Health Program - RAMHP Coordinator Letitia Cross will work directly with the community to plan some exciting mental health promotion projects.
Pictured is RAMHP's Program Manager Tessa Caton, John Burgess, and several of the wonderful 'Cotton Country Kids' who feature in the calendar.


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