Rajapalayam, India: Maintenance train runs through level crossing

3 Feb

Both occupants of a bus were taken to hospital with unspecified injuries when the vehicle on which they were travelling was hit by a train on a manned level crossing near Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu at about 05.15 on February 3rd, 2016.

With a train service contained between 06.00 and 20.00, the manned level crossings on the Virudhunagar-Shencottah section of the railway are unattended with them left as unmanned level crossings open to road traffic. However, it appears that arrangements had not been made to staff these level crossings to allow for the safe interaction with railway engineers’ non-revenue trains. These should, according to an Indian Railways’ source, operate at low-speed prepared to stop short of level crossings outside normal operating hours.

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