The court was informed that Mr Pearson has health issues, is recovering from lung cancer and is battling prostate cancer.
“He has no significant relevant history of offending,” Mr Pearson’s lawyer told the court.
“He’s a 75-year-old man who does have some health issues that he needs to attend to.
The Barrier Highway reopened late on Monday night with a 25kph speed limit in the Bindarrah area, which is expected to remain in place for the next three days.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigators are examining the crash site, including the level crossing, the train, and wagons.
The investigation involves interviews with involved parties and witnesses and may include recovering components for lab examination.
Mr Pearson is scheduled to appear in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court on April 17.
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