Arc Infrastructure has pulled an animated children’s game from its website after a flurry of complaints labelling it “disgusting” and “insensitive” to those whose family members have been killed by trains. A spokeswoman for the rail giant’s game Track Splat! was developed in 2014 to engage young people in rail safety — particularly at level crossings — in a “fun and interactive way”. It involved three children’s characters trying to cross a rail line safely, with those that failed to do so before a train came along being run over as a large green blob and the words “SPLAT” appeared on the screen. A series of letters published in The West Australian this week flagged concern about the game’s sensitivity towards families who had lost loved ones to level crossing accidents nationwide. Among the letter writers was Wondinong Station pastoralist Lara Jensen, whose brother Christian was killed in a level crossing accident along with two friends at Jennacubbine in 2000. “As someone who lost a sibling in one of the worst rail crashes in WA history, the discovery of the game… really stung for me,” she said. “Not only are our families dealing with a decades-old battle to force the rail industry to make the most basic life-saving safety improvements. “We are also having to point out to the manager of the State’s rail freight network that the game they engineered under the guise of safety education is disgusting, insensitive and deeply hurtful to those of us who have lost loved ones in completely preventable rail crashes.” Another letter, by Raelene Hall of Leeming, urged Arc to remove the game and apologise. “Imagine the feelings of those who have lost loved ones in accidents related to railway crossings and railway transport,” she wrote. “Especially those families who, having lost loved ones in a railway accident, have spent more than two decades fighting to have rail companies acknowledge their lack of commitment.” Rail safety campaigners have ramped up efforts in recent years to boost safety at level crossings and improve lighting on trains, prompting CBH Group to add more lights to its trains and prompting multiple investigations by Federal bodies. The Arc spokeswoman said it was aware of the letters and concerns and had arranged a meeting with some of the family members next week to discuss other ways to promote rail safety. The spokeswoman said Arc had developed the game with input from regional primary school students to develop the game’s three characters. “The game is designed for children and their parents, and communicates and reinforces key rail safety messages,” she said. “(It shows) the consequences of correct and incorrect behaviour, as children help the three characters, Jack, Scout and Albie, find the safest route to cross train tracks and avoid hazards. “We are mindful of the concerns that have been raised in the past week. “We have made the decision to remove the Track Splat! game from our website while we consider how to refresh our approach to engaging children in rail safety.” The game was developed under Arc’s former brand name Brookfield Rail.