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Rail smash survivor tells of close call

NOT many people can say they've been hit by a train and lived to tell the tale.

Security guard Todd Randall is one of the few.

The Casino man says he escaped death by "a millisecond" when his car was hit by a goods train at a Kyogle crossing on the morning of Australia Day.

At about 12.40am on Sunday, Mr Randall headed off from the Kyogle Golf Club.

"I had just finished at the premises and done lock up there," he said.

"Everything was normal. I got to the crossing and as I got to the rise to come up and go over it, I looked up and saw the train on top of me.

"It was quite scary."

Mr Randall said he didn't remember seeing the lights on the train or even hearing it.

"Everything blacked out and I don't remember being hit," he said.

"I remember lying, eyes opened and sprawled on the ground.

"I remember seeing the train stopped and the security car on its roof."

Mr Randall was thrown through the windscreen about 20m when the train hit the car and spun it around.

"The drivers of the train were in shock because they saw me being thrown from the car," he said.

Mr Randall is adamant that what saved his life was the ironic fact he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

"I wasn't meant to have it off but I usually wait to get to the road before putting it on," he said.

"If I'd been wearing it I wouldn't have been thrown from the car and I wouldn't be here."

It's not the first time Mr Randall has come to grief with a vehicle - he had his back broken in a hit and run incident in 2011.

"A woman in a Subaru in Brisbane backed into me when she was meant to go forward," he said.

"She went over the top of me and must have been scared she'd killed me so she jumped the median strip and took off."

The father of two says he won't bother buying any more lottery tickets.

"I think I've used up all my luck," he laughed.

"I believe I am meant to do other things in my life, such as be a good dad.

"After something like this you pay attention more to what's really important."

Mr Randall ended up with a collarbone broken in four places, a shattered shoulder and glass embedded in his body.

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