Tag Archives: active open level crossing

Melbourne, ONT: Two killed in active open crossing collision

5 Apr

two women were killed when the car in which they were travelling was hit by a passenger train on an active open level crossing near Melbourne, Ontario. The collision occurred at about 10.30am on April 4th, 2016. The train was able to depart with passengers still on-board some five hours later. It is understood that there was an earlier fatal accident on this (Melbourne Road) level crossing.

Kitchener, Ontario: Collision leaves motorist with damage to his pocket

31 Jul

A 21-year-old male has found himself with CAD4,000 damage to his vehicle and charged by the police for failing to stops required when the signals protecting the level crossing were flashing red. The incident occurred at about 07.30 on July 28th on the active open level crossing on Riverbank Drive, near the highway intersection with King Street. It has been determined that the lights and bells associated with this level crossing were working correctly when the train collided with the car, hence the charge bought against the motorist.

Erving, MA: Town faces bill for crossing upgrade

27 May

While reduced train speed can cut a railway’s maintenance-of-way costs while at the same time making it more likely that motorists will circumvent lowered level crossing barriers. This is the scenario that Pan Am Railways is addressing with the town of Ervine expected to foot the bill to reduce the warning to motorists to 35 seconds as part of a crossing renewal scheme.

The road intersecting with the railway is a private town-owned facility which by way of a 1974 agreement leaves the town the responsibility of meeting Pan Am Railways’ costs of renewing the crossing. The estimate to upgrade the crossing by way of  constant warning time technology may cost as much as USD 311,000 according to the railway.

Maxton, NC: Opposition to crossing closure risks bigger inconvenience if three are closed instead

25 Apr

Maxton has three level crossings of the CSX Transportation (CSX) right-of-way and risks all three being closed if it doesn’t go along with the proposed upgrade of two crossings and the elimination of the third. CSX has offered to fund the upgrades of two of the crossings which are to be found on North First, North Third and Brooklyn streets.

Now, local politicians have failed to agree on a way forward as representations are being made that closure of the level crossing on North First Street will bring with it hardship to residents which is expressed in a 150 signature petition. Ironically, the original proposal was to close the North Third Street level crossing; but, this was switched to North First Street be causes of opposition to the original proposal.

Next step, talks between City administrators and CSX.

Shrewsbury, UK: Crossing red runner gets a driving ban and an electronic tag

10 Dec

A motorist who ran the red lights at an active open level crossing in Bucknell, Shropshire in March 2014 has received a 12-month driving ban and a six-month overnight curfew enforced with an electronic tag. The sentence handed-down at Shrewsbury Crown Court on December 5th, 2014 related to charges of dangerous driving which had been denied. The offence which was captured by CCTV showed the motorist approaching the level crossing on the wrong side of the road and then proceeding onto the crossing into the path of a train. A collision was avoided as a result of the train driver making an emergency stop which brought his train to a stand just short of the crossing onto which the van had intruded.

Harlech, UK: Elderly man escapes serious injury in crossing collision

27 Nov

An elderly man sustained minor injuries when the car he was driving was hit by a train on a user-worked level crossing adjacent to The Royal St Davids Golf Club in Harlech, Gwynedd. The accident disrupted road and rail travel in the vicinity throughout the afternoon of November 25th, 2014.

Ottawa, ONT: More safety concerns raise the costs of grade-separation

14 Nov

The decision taken some years ago that busways and railways would continue to intersect at grade was brought into sharp focus in September 2013 when a train and bus collided with fatal consequences on a level crossing n South Nepean. The decision to shelve plans for grade-separation was one of cost of engineering grade separations in an essentially urban-suburban context.

Last week, there was a further incident which saw a bus narrowly avoid being hit by a train after it collided with a lowered level crossing barrier. This incident has led to Transport Canada informing the city that the Fallowfield level crossing is a “threat to safe railway operations,” and that the previous week’s event put “bus passengers, train passengers and the operator could have been at risk.”

The City now has until November 21st, 2014 to develop a way to “resolve these hazards or conditions.”
This is of note as much because of the wider history as the specific circumstances surrounding the most recent incident having led to assurances that all involved parties had been addressed and no further investigation was required.

Simplistically, the continuing pattern of incidents and accidents has challenged the basis of the original decision not to grade-separate. However, what is needed is a decision to reverse that decision and press ahead with grade-separation say activists. This is, they say, implicit in the Transport Canada position. Who pays is a key question that has to be answered before any grade-separation project can be progressed.

The 2004 decision not to grade-separate Woodroffe and Fallowfield level crossings came on the back of the estimate for the project ballooning from CAD40 million to CAD110 million. So, some serious thinking is needed a decade on to reduce the costs of grade-separation and at the same time build a coalition of those willing to help fund the grade-separations that the community now sees as necessary.