Drink driver who crashed onto train tracks faces court
THE driver of a car that collided with a coal train in Gladstone in December has appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court.
He was lucky to walk away unscathed the first time, and on Monday he walked away with a 10-month driving disqualification and 12 months probation.
Liam Mitchell Wood, 19, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and without due care and attention.
Wood had been drinking at a Gladstone residence on December 19.
When he and a group of friends realised they had run out of cigarettes, they decided to drive a short distance to the Night Owl centre.
Along the way, Wood lost control of the vehicle, which careened through the intersection of Breslin St and the Dawson Hwy, mounted the footpath and travelled up the embankment before stopping on the railway line.
Shortly afterwards, an east-bound unloaded coal train smashed into the front passenger side of the car.
Wood, a P-plater, blew .170%.