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Driver escapes as car hit by Hills freight train

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A man is lucky to be alive after his car was hit by a freight train at Nairne last night.

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Police say the driver was attempting to do a u-turn at the train crossing on Jeffrey Street about 9pm when his vehicle became stuck.

He abandoned the car just before an oncoming freight train collided with it. Police say the train dragged the vehicle more than 100 metres.

The train line was closed in both directions for several hours but has since reopened.

Meanwhile, a man has been arrested after allegedly leaving his mobile phone near the scene of a theft in Edwardstown.

A woman reported someone had entered her Fuller Street house and stolen her handbag, containing car and house keys, a mobile phone, ID and bank cards at about 8pm last night.

Police say the man stole the handbag while the woman was in the process of moving house and was spotted riding off on a bike.

The woman found two mobile phones, not belonging to her, on the footpath near her house.

Police used the phone to track the suspect to a nearby Edwardstown address, where a 30-year-old man was arrested. He was charged with serious criminal trespass and theft.

The woman’s handbag and its contents were recovered.

He did not apply for bail and will appear in court today.

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