Brisbane, Queensland: Truck off authorised route, insurers to be pursued

21 Jun

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has published a report into the train-truck collision on the St Vincent’s Road level crossing in Banyo, Brisbane that occurred on September 14th, 2012. A key finding was that the truck driver’s heavy vehicle permit was clear that he should not have used a route that took him over the St Vincent’s Road level crossing.

The heavily-laden truck, carrying a 38 tonne transformer, grounded on the level crossing with the result that the truck was stuck and could not be moved before it was hit by a train. There were delays in communicating the location of the stuck truck before the accident occurred. This has prompted additional staff training to address the identified weak spot in communication. The approach to the St Vincent’s Road level crossing was also steeper than provided for in current guidance on the subject promulgated by the highways authorities.

The trucking company which operated the truck which became stuck has gone out of business. Nevertheless, the intent is that the insurer of the truck will be pursued for compensation in relation to the costs incurred by the railway as a result of this collision.

3 Responses to “Brisbane, Queensland: Truck off authorised route, insurers to be pursued”

  1. Andrew Fraser June 21, 2013 at 17:51 #

    As is so often the case, we’re not told WHY the driver was on the wrong road. Was s/he lost, or did s/he think s/he had something to gain, or was there some other pressure on him/her (I think we need a new “unisex” term here :-))

    • aidannelson June 22, 2013 at 08:13 #

      Because the truck driver thought time could be saved?

  2. Andrew Fraser June 21, 2013 at 17:52 #

    … to say nothing of a question mark. ? Sorry.

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