Dunedin, New Zealand: Postman loses encounter with a train

20 Oct

A postman escaped without injury when his vehicle was hit by a train on the rural Circle Hill Road passive level crossing in Milburn, near Dunedin. The accident occurred at about 10.00 on October 8th, 2014 and comes after a further collision in the Otago region the week before. A police source has said that the postman didn’t stop as required and that it appeared as if the postman was trying to beat the train to the crossing.

Whether this accident may or may not have been caused by misuse, it highlights the importance of changing behaviours of professional drivers, particularly where familiarity might lead to poor behaviour.

2 Responses to “Dunedin, New Zealand: Postman loses encounter with a train”

  1. Andrew Fraser October 20, 2014 at 15:08 #

    If the accident was “caused” by “misuse”, then changing drivers’ (professionals or otherwise) behaviour may be important (but perhaps impossible to achieve).
    If the accident was not “caused” by “misuse”, then there wouldn’t seem to be much point in changing drivers’ behaviour, would there?

  2. aidannelson October 20, 2014 at 16:01 #

    There are many cases where misuse is a factor. Therefore changing drivers’ behaviours is something that should be pursued so far is is reasonably practicable even if, when the investigation is complete, on this occasion driver misuse is ruled out.

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