Tag Archives: Level crossing collision

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.

Interlaken, Switzerland: Train collies with tourist bus

23 May

The full-barrier (quad-gate) level crossing adjacent to Interlake Ost railway station was the context within which a passenger train collided with a tour bus carrying tourists from Taiwan. The accident occurred at about 8.00pm on May 20th and led to 17 tour bus passengers being taken t hospital, with most discharged the same evening. No one on board the train was hurt.

Railway owner – BLS – has said that there isn’t a history of accidents at the level crossing and that they will not comment further on the ongoing investigation to establish what went wrong at a location where train speed is limited to 40kph..

Sudbury, ONT: Driver flees scene of crossing collision

30 Nov

Ontario Provincial Police are looking for an individual who drove a truck, and trailer through a lowered level crossing barrier and continued across on the level crossing  as a train approached.

At about 11.00am. on November 21st, 2015  21, police responded to a  collision on Highway 144 at the Canadian Pacific level crossing located at Bannerman Lake, north of Cartier.

Investigators have determined that it was the driver of a southbound blue pickup truck pulling a trailer who collided  with and removed the barrier from its mounting before crossing the railway. The driver failed to remain at the scene of the accident, continuing south on Highway 144. The damage to level crossing equipment was an estimated CAD 2,000.


Orange Park, FL: Car turns onto railway, struck by train

13 Oct

A 73-year-old motorist escaped injury after he turned his car onto the railway at a level crossing in Orange Park, Clay County at which point it was hit by a train. The collision knocked the car clear of the railway. It appears that the out-of-state driver was unfamiliar with the highway layout in the vicinity of the level crossing. The accident occurred at about 10.40pm on October 12th, 2015.

Chicago, IL: Has crass stupidity claimed another victim?

22 Sep

A motorist who drove around lowered barriers at the heavily skewed level crossing on Ashland Avenue in Harvey was seriously injured when the car he was driving was hit by a train. The collision which occurred at about 03.30 on September 20th has attracted minimal media coverage with that there is placing blame squarely with the motorist adding that he was travelling at 46mph when the collision occurred.

North Bay, ONT: Truck driver charged after crossing collision

13 Aug

A truck driver has been charged with failing to stop at a level crossing and careless driving, after a crossing collision closed the North Bay bypass stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway. The collision occurred at an automatic half-barrier level crossing. The tractor unit which was hit be the train was towing a semi-trailer tanker loaded with petrol. The tanker was undamaged. The collision occurred at about 05.15 on August 11th, 2015.

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.