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Driver’s shocking scrape with death

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An alleged drunk driver is lucky to have escaped with his life after his car was hit by a passenger train in Melbourne’s north. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

An alleged drunk driver is lucky to be alive after his car was hit by a passenger train in Melbourne’s north.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Epping and Settlement roads at Thomastown shortly after 3am on Sunday after reports a car had driven straight through the boom gates and had been hit by a passenger train.

The driver and sole occupant was not injured in the crash, and returned a positive breath test reading of more than twice the legal limit.

The 36-year-old man is now expected to be charged with drink driving and traffic related offences.

None of the passengers of the train were injured in the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage s urged to contact Crime Stoppers.