Lynton, South Australia: Cyclist crosses into path of a second train

5 Oct

Barretts Road AHB level crossing, Lynton, SA: source Google Street View

Barretts Road AHB level crossing, Lynton, SA: source Google Street View

A 16-year-old cyclist sustained leg injuries when he was hit by a train on the Barretts Road automatic half-barrier (AHB) level crossing in Lynton. The youth had stopped at the level crossing until a train had passed over the crossing. Once the train had passed he began to cross the railway only to be hit by a second train travelling in the opposite direction. The accident occurred at about 16.20 on October 4th, 2013.

This accident again highlights the imperative of firstly equipping level crossings of multiple track level crossing with another train coming warning devices and secondly better educating cyclists to respect lowered barriers and stop lights at level crossings.

One Response to “Lynton, South Australia: Cyclist crosses into path of a second train”

  1. aussiesouthlander October 10, 2013 at 13:45 #

    If a barrier gates remain down and the lights are still flashing, it’s probably trying to tell you something. Unfortunately, too many people choose to ignore the obvious, whether they be drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. Would yet more blinking signs have made a difference on this day? Maybe, or just as likely not. I was watching a pedestrian at the nearby Angas Road crossing a few weeks back. Just as he was about to leave the maze area to step across the tracks, an outbound freight at 60km/h blasted its horn at the usual warning distance. Did this cause the pedestrian to pause and wait? Hell no, he looked at the train (and clearly saw it) and then decided to run across in front of this 2000+ ton train instead. A trip-up on one of the rails and he would have been mince. You can lead a horse to water….

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