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Play it safe near railway tracks

Police are warning people to play it safe near the railway lines and keep the games off the tracks.

The warning follows a recent alarming incident in the Innisfail area involving young people endangering themselves and others on the rail network

On Sunday October 4, Queensland Rail reported an incident to Innisfail police where intruders had trespassed in the rail corridor at the Power Street, Goondi Hill crossing.

The offenders attempted to disrupt rail traffic in a manner which could have led to accidents or serious injury.

Fortunately no one was hurt as a result of this skylarking, but it is a timely opportunity to remind people of the dangers of trespassing on the rail network.

Police and Queensland Rail want people to understand they are placing themselves and others in danger and that the consequences can be tragic.

Trains travel up to 100km/h, they cannot swerve to avoid people and take hundreds of metres to stop.

Trespassing, taking shortcuts, and other risky behaviour near railway tracks is not only illegal, but could cost you your life.

Pedestrians caught ignoring railway crossing protection or trespassing on the rail corridor in other ways can be given a $235 spot fine.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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