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Valhalla, NY: Further incident two-years on from multiple fatality accident

30 Jan

Media and community  interest in the Commerce Street level crossing in Valhalla, New York, has been heightened by a further incident after an accident killed five railway passengers and a motorist. In the latest incident at about 11.00am on January 27th, 2017, a barrier was knocked-off, it is presumed because it was struck by a vehicle using the crossing when the barrier was descending or had already descended.

 

 

 

Jeanerette, LA: truck rear-ended, fatality results

30 Jan

In the aftermath of an accident at the level crossing of the US90 highway near Jeanerette, Louisiana that cost the life of a truck driver, the State’s Department of Transportation is further considering how the level crossing might be eliminated.

The accident at about 11.30am on January 25th, 2017 was unusual in a number of ways. Firstly the fact that there is a level crossing in the first place is unusual as US-90 is in line for upgrading to Interstate standards which would require grade separation. The railway crossing at grade serves a major sugar processing factory. In considering grade separation the options regrade separating by way of a road over rail bridge or by a pipeline removing the need for the highway-rail crossing.

Secondly it wasn’t a collision between a train and a truck. On this occasion a truck had stopped because a train was present when it was rear-ended by another heavy truck, the driver of which was killed. This was because the load shifted and compromised the integrity of the driving cab with fatal consequences.

Logic says that grade separation is the only answer even though it will prove costly, a point recognised by Louisiana DoT which was already at the feasibility stage of a project to eliminate this accident prone level crossing.

 

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Railway worker killed saving child

30 Jan

A railway maintenance worker was killed when he intervened to save the life of a young child who was standing in the path of a train. Pushing the girl clear of the track saved the life of the child but cost the railway worker his. The girl and her mother had already been pushed to the ground clear of the track on which the train was approaching. The girl then stood up and stepped into the path of the train. The incident occurred at lunchtime on January 27th, 2017 in the Kuril district of Dhaka.

 

Portland, ME: Wilful misuse, children in car

30 Jan

A local man drove around vehicles already stopped at the St John Street level crossing in Portland, Maine on January 27th, 2017. The motorist who had two young children in the back of the car entered the level crossing at which barriers were lowered into the path of a passenger train at which point a collision occurred. The motorist was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The children, not related to the driver of the vehicle, were not injured and were returned to a parent. Now, the motorist can expect to be prosecuted for his wilful misuse of the level crossing.

 

Colombian,OH: Was it intentional line of inquiry

30 Jan

A woman was killed early in the morning of January 28th, 2017 on the South Main Street level crossing of the Norfolk Southern right-of-way. The person driving a small SUV stopped on the level crossing and remained there after the barriers lowered for an approaching train. Immediately before the collision occurring with a fatal consequence, an emergency call to the local police alerted them to the fact that someone had stopped on the South Main Street level crossing. Police were despatched but did not arrive at the crossing in time to intervene. A police investigation is underway to establish the cause of the collision. Clearly, a line of inquiry is to determine if the fatality was, on the balance of probability, intentional.

Netherlands: Government adds EUR25 million to upgrade passive crossings

10 Jan

The Dutch government’s Sharon Dijksma Secretary of State for Infrastructure and Environment has announced an increase of EUR25 million, on top of EUR10 million previously agreed, to address risk at passive level crossings. In total there aremore than 100 passive level crossings, the number of which will be reduced with a proportion of the funding now available. Others will be upgraded to an active configuration.

To increase the scope of this project the Secretary of State has said that she is looking for provincial and municipal administrations to contribute additional funding to this project.

This focus on upgrading and eliminating presently passive level crossings follows the collision on a now eliminated passive level crossing in Winsum, near Groningen on November 18th, 2016 in which a passenger train derailed. This collision with a milk tanker returning from a farm injured 18.

Gazipur, Bangladesh: Five killed in crossing collision

10 Jan

Five persons were killed during the morning of January 8th, 2017, when the car in which they were travelling was struck by a train on a level crossing near Gazipur. This level crossing has no protection other than a sign warning of its presence. Local reports say that the road on which the victims were travelling is of relatively recent construction. Thus, there is a suggestion that the level crossing itself is informal and not recognised as a crossing for which the railway administration accepts responsibility.

Previously, in 2016 a man was killed when he was struck by a train leading to an intensification of community demands that the level crossing is upgraded and protected to minimise the risk of a recurrence