The truck driver now faces multiple charges, including recklessly endangering life, reckless damage to property, driving dangerously, careless driving, driving using a handheld mobile device, and entering a level crossing when warning lights were active.
The freight train, en route from Adelaide to Darwin, was severely damaged and derailed during the collision.
NT Police Detective Sergeant Jeremy Brunton, commenting on the charges, emphasised the importance of adhering to road signs and signals, especially at level crossings.
“The consequences of disregarding safety measures can be severe, as witnessed in this incident,” Sergeant Brunton said.
The accused truck driver has been ordered to appear in Katherine Local Court on February 19, where the charges will be formally addressed.
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