Tag Archives: Level Crossing

Capreol, ONT: Extended crossing closures are of wider concern

7 Feb

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In Canada trains can occupy a level crossing for an indefinite period while moving plus a stationary maximum time of five minutes. Using incidents of extended closures to road traffic in Cawreol, the case for change is being developed.

Specifically the Young Street level crossing in Cawreol sits on a single track railway, to the south of a single track triangular junction with an east-west line which is double tracked to the west with additional tracks serving a terminal facility and single to the east.

Reports referencing closure to road traffic of the Young Street level crossing for between 30-40 minutes have prompted municipal action for a change to the permissible blockage time of public level crossings to a maximum of 12 minutes which is the sum of time spent moving and standing with excess occupation of a crossing attracting a fine payable to the local administration.

 

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.

 

Killarney, Ireland: Railway subsiding below road level

30 Jan

The railway at the level crossing of the Minish level crossing on the N22 highway near Killarney has been subsiding for several years. Now, the difference in the levels of road and rail is seen as a safety issue. talks appear to have started before 2013 when it was said that remedial works would be undertaken. Now, four-years later such works have been undertaken and the local and rail authorities are talking as, it is reported, there was ambiguiyty as to which party was responsible for the remedial works. Logic says that if it is the railway that has moved, it should be the railway that funds the remedial works to restore the 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.

 

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.