Invercargill, New Zealand: Truck driver fails to respond to lights at level crossing

17 Oct

Nith Street active open level crossing from Tyne Street, Invercargill. Source, Google Street view

Nith Street active open level crossing from Tyne Street, Invercargill. Source, Google Street view

A van driver towing a trailer had a lucky escape when a train hit the trailer on an Invercargill level crossing. The accident which occurred at about 08.00 on October 17th, 2013 on the Nith Street active open level crossing which is immediately adjacent to the intersection with Tyne Street.

Investigators are seeking to discover why the van either didn’t recognise or respond to the level crossing stop lights. KiwiRail has said that the Nith Street level crossing has not seen a collision with a road vehicle since 1986. However, this year, this is third collision in and around Invercargill this year.

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