Police allege 59yo man illegally crossed WA border via outback track

A 59-year-old man accused of illegally crossing into Western Australia via an outback dirt road has appeared in court.

The Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court heard that Rikard Buzinkic had applied for a travel exemption in June but was refused.

Police alleged he entered WA from South Australia this week and attempted to cross the Nullarbor on a dirt track known as the Trans Access Road.

The remote road runs parallel to the Trans-Australian Railway Line.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kirsten Addiscott told the court the man’s car ran out of fuel near Forrest, and he was spotted by a train driver.

Magistrate Erin O’Donnell ordered the man be taken for a mental health assessment this afternoon.

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Port Kembla steelworks accident leaves 59yo worker dead

A man has died in a workplace accident at Port Kembla steelworks, south of Sydney.

It is understood the 59-year-old had been involved in maintenance work for several days at one of the berths.

Police said he became trapped between a car and a crane about 2:00pm.

Paramedics rushed to the scene, but the man could not be saved.

He has not yet been formally identified.

SafeWork New South Wales and Wollongong Police District officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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