Lucky escape for suspected drunk driver after car gets hit by train

An accused drunk driver whose car became stuck on tracks in the Adelaide Hills has had a lucky escape, managing to get out of his vehicle before it was hit by a train.

The driver of the Toyota sedan ended up on the tracks at Balhannah after taking a wrong turn just after 10.30pm on Saturday.

He saw the train approaching and luckily managed to get out of his vehicle in time.

A drunk driver whose car became stuck on tracks in the Adelaide Hills has had a lucky escape, managing to get out of his vehicle before it was hit by train. Source: 7 News
The train was unable to stop before it crashed into the Toyota. Source: 7 News

Witnesses saw the man running from the Toyota moments before the train crashed into the car, unable to stop.

The train drivers were not injured.

The railway line was closed until about 3am on Sunday while a crane was called in to remove the vehicle from the tracks.

The driver was charged with drink driving and i mmediately lost his licence for 12 months. Source: 7 News

South Australia police charged the 38-year-old Mount Barker man on Saturday with drink driving after he allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.19.

He immediately lost his licence for 12 months and will be summonsed to appear in the Mount Barker Magistrates Court at a later date.