Kellerberrin, Western Australia: Crossing fireball kills two, truck driver charged

25 Feb

Kellerberrin - AHB level crossing from the west, source Google StreetView

Kellerberrin – AHB level crossing from the west, source Google StreetView

Two men died when the car in which they were travelling was hit from the rear by a B-double truck as the car was stationary at the automatic half-barrier (AHB) level crossing of the Great Eastern Highway in Kellerberrin, Western Australia. Witnesses have confirmed that the barriers remained lowered and that lights were still flashing as a train cleared the level crossing.

The men, understood to be father and son died as a result of the collision which caused the petrol tank of the car to rupture and ignite as the car was catapulted across the railway burning fiercely. A motorist stopped at the other side of the level crossing realised that the truck wasn’t going to stop and reversed his car away from the level crossing eliminating the risk of a secondary collision with the burning car as it was pushed across the railway towards where his car had been standing. The accident occurred on February 24th, 2014.

Emergency services have said that nothing could have been done to release the driver and his passenger from the burning car. It is understood that those trapped in the car died as a result of the explosion and fire that ensued as the car’s petrol tank was ruptured. A Police source has said that there were skid marks on the western approach to the level crossing indicating that the truck driver had applied his brakes and locked the wheels of his B-double about 100 metres before rear-ending the car. The skid marks continue across the level crossing 40 metres beyond the southeast quadrant of the level crossings

The same Police source has said that there are four warning signs on the approach to the level crossing accompanied by a 90 kmh speed restriction from 110 kmh. The crossing is visible for a long way as the approach to the level crossing is straight for about 1.5 km. In addition to the passive controls it is known that the AHB level crossing was functional when the accident occurred. The truck driver has been arrested and charged with causing two deaths by dangerous driving offences. The truck has been impounded by Police.

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