Tag Archives: passive crossing

Pirron Yallock: Truck – train collision, crossing upgrade by end of year

15 Jul

A passenger train derailed with injuries to 19 as a result of a collision with a truck on a the Phalps Road level crossing in Pirron Yallock, near Colac, Victoria. The accident on July 13th, 2016 was at a crossing with a significant incident history which four years ago triggered an upgrade of the crossing four years ago. However, the lightly-used crossing is not due to have automatic half-barriers installed until the end of 2016. Unsurprisingly, questions are being asked as to why it takes more than four years to complete this upgrade.

Mangalore, India: Fatal crash with minibs on unauthorised level crossing

2 Jul

A woman was killed and five others were injured when a train hit the minibus in which they were travelling on an unauthorised passive level crossing at Kemanjur in Adyar village on the outskirts of Mangalore on June 30th, 2013.

The unauthorised level crossing sits between local authority maintained roads on either side and gives access to in the region of 4,000 residential properties. While it might be an unauthorised crossing, there is evidence that it has been in use for about 40 years. In essence this looks to be a case of the railway treating the crossing as unauthorised even though it knows it is there. The issue behind this is one of finance with the railway expecting the local authority to fund an authorised crossing.

Haut-Intyamon, Switzerland: third family membe killed on level crossing

17 Jun

A boy was killed when he was struck by a train on a passive level crossing in Neirivue, Haut-Intyamon, Fribourg at about 18.15 on June 15th, 2013. The boy was on his scooter at a level crossing where his uncle, the then Mayor, and another family member were killed eight years ago when the car in which they were travelling was struck by a train. The boy who was killed was with his sister, who was uninjured when the accident occurred on June 15th. A further dimension is the father of the child who was killed at the weekend is an employee of the railway company whose infrastructure is crossed by the level crossing on which the accident occurred.

As is usual after such an accident, renewed calls have been made for the crossing to be upgraded to an active status or better still, replaced by a subway.

Carterton, New Zealand: Activist appears to make headway

17 Jun

An activist, who has campaigned for a decade, to secure an upgrade of a passive level crossing at which there have two fatalities does, at long last, appear to be making some headway as a meeting with Carterton Council and KiwiRail has generated a commitment to look at what might be done. This is despite the Wiltons Road level crossing in West Taratahi not satisfying the criteria for an upgrade to an active status. Next step is for Carterton Council to consider how rumble strips or other measures might enhance safety despite the possibility of active controls remaining unfulfilled.

The fatal accidents were in May 2002 when a motorist collided with the side of a train and in February 2013 when a passenger in a road vehicle was killed when it was struck by a train.

Baltimore, Maryland: NTSB issues Preliminary report

13 Jun

NTSB investigators examine the damaged truck. Source NTSB

NTSB investigators examine the damaged truck. Source NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a preliminary report arising from its investigation of the collision of a train and truck in Glendale, Maryland, on May 28th, 2013. As with all NTSB preliminary reports, the Board points out that information contained therein as the investigation proceeds to a conclusion at a later date.

The 68th Street passive level crossing at which the accident occurred was marked with cross-buck signs and “non-standard” stop signs (yellow). The paint on both stop signs had faded significantly, and both had been displaced from their original mountings. The stop sign that should have been regulating traffic moving northbound hung upside down facing away from the roadway. The driver did not stop at the level crossing and attempted to cross both tracks.

As the truck moved into the crossing, a CSX freight train traveling westbound at 49 miles per hour, struck the truck on the right side in the area of the rear axle. The train consisted of two locomotives, 15 empty cars, and 30 loaded cars, four of which contained hazardous materials, including sodium chlorate. The impact caused the first 15 cars of the train to derail. The seventh car—loaded with sodium chlorate—and the ninth through twelfth cars—loaded with terephthalic acid—released their products. Following the derailment, a post-crash fire ensued, which resulted in a subsequent explosion. The overpressure blast from the explosion shattered windows and damaged siding on buildings as far as one mile away. The fire remained confined to the derailed rail cars.

As a result of the collision, the driver of the roll-off truck received serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The explosion and fire caused minor injuries to a police officer who responded to the initial incident and two individuals working at a building adjacent to the railway; a third worker received serious injuries.

Padduka, Sri Lanka: Two killed in collision on passive level crossing

16 May

Two people, one a five-year-old child were killed when the van in which they were travelling was hit by a train on a passive level crossing in Arukwatta, Padduka. The accident on the level crossing near the Moragahatenna Temple occurred at about 07.00 on May 4th, 2013.

Evans City, Pennsylvania: 91-year-old killed when train hit a bus

29 Apr

A 91-year-old woman died if injuries sustained when the minibus in which she was a passenger was hit by a train on the Maple Avenue passive level crossing on the outskirts of Evans City, Pennsylvania. A further nine elderly and / or disabled passengers and the bus driver were injured in the collision that occurred in fog at about 08.00 on April 26th, 2013.

It has been reported that the minibus was not moving when the collision occurred. The train driver had sounded the horn as required on the approach to the level crossing and before the impact had applied the brakes when he saw the minibus through the fog. It has also been reported that the bus driver had stopped for the level crossing and then proceeded. Clearly, the police and Federal Railroad Administration investigations will determine the sequence of events and whether or not the minibus was standing on the crossing.