Man still critical after train fall

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A MAN who lost his foot and arm when he fell from a moving train in the Wheatbelt remains in a critical condition.

Brookton local Thomas Copping was with his older brother when they decided to climb between carriages of a CBH train that was moving through the town at about 10km/h on Saturday night.

Mr Copping fell through the gap and was run over.

His brother ran about 100 metres to alert the driver to the accident, and the 32-year-old was later flown to Royal Perth Hospital where he remains on Monday night.

Police say the brothers had been drinking before deciding to climb onto the moving train.


media_cameraMr Copping was flown to Royal Perth Hospital. Picture: WA Police

“Everybody loves him and we all hope him well,” friend Trevor Penny said.

“It’s just a tragic accident he had and it’s just unbelievable that it happened in Brookton here.”

“I just hope he gets through this,” friend Joe Anderson added.

In a statement released on Monday, CBH group said the grain train was travelling to Kwinana Port when the two men climbed on around 7.30pm on Saturday.

It says it’s assisting with the WA Police and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation while also supporting the driver involved.

Police have said the incident is a reminder to all pedestrians to wait for trains to pass before attempting to cross a railway track.



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