Saturday, November 27, 2021

NSW bride launches rail safety petition after groom killed at Bribbaree train crossing

A heartbroken fiancee is advocating for better safety at rail crossings after she was left having to plan her beloved partner’s funeral instead of their dream wedding. Ethan Hunter, 27, and his truck partner Mark Fenton, 50, were killed instantly when the road train truck collided with a freight train in southwest NSW. After the crash, the truck burst into flames, with both men dying at the level crossing in Bribaree on February 23. After their horrific deaths, Mr.

Hunter’s partner Madeline Bott, 26, advocates for things to change, petitioning to call for better safety at level train crossings. After being together for eight years, Mr. Hunter and Ms. Bott were due to marry just a month later. Instead of planning my dream Fijian wedding with Ethan, I planned his funeral,” Ms. Bott, an emergency nurse, said in her petition.

Ms. Bott said the two men were a beloved part of the farming community and had left holes in the lives of many. Ethan (was) the love of my life, an adored son, treasured brother, and cherished uncle and friend,” she wrote. Ms. Bott said the two men were highly responsible and tragically lost their lives because of the dangerous condition of the level crossing. They were in a road train truck carting gypsum from one side of a farm to the other,” she said.

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