Tag Archives: Unmanned level crossing

Vehari, Pakistan: Three brothers killed in unmanned crossing collision

23 May

Three brothers were killed when the motorcycle on which they were travelling was hit by a train on an unmanned level crossing in Pakki More, Vehari District, Punjab. The accident occurred on May 21st, 2016when the brothers were returning from school.

 

Rajapalayam, India: Maintenance train runs through level crossing

3 Feb

Both occupants of a bus were taken to hospital with unspecified injuries when the vehicle on which they were travelling was hit by a train on a manned level crossing near Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu at about 05.15 on February 3rd, 2016.

With a train service contained between 06.00 and 20.00, the manned level crossings on the Virudhunagar-Shencottah section of the railway are unattended with them left as unmanned level crossings open to road traffic. However, it appears that arrangements had not been made to staff these level crossings to allow for the safe interaction with railway engineers’ non-revenue trains. These should, according to an Indian Railways’ source, operate at low-speed prepared to stop short of level crossings outside normal operating hours.

Bihar, India: Mobile phone use implicated in fatal accident

16 Dec

Two males were killed when the motorcycle on which they were riding was hit by a train on an unmanned level crossing near Baraiya in Bihar’s East Champaran district on December 12th, 2015. Witnesses have reported that the person in charge of the motorcycle was using a mobile telephone and that he was distracted, riding into the path of the train without first ascertaining whether it was safe to cross the railway.

Agra, India: Level crossing death statistics show true scale of lives lost

3 Aug

Statistics have been obtained by the Times of India showing that the majority of level crossing deaths in Uttar Pradesh occur in the railway’s Agra Division Of the 370 deaths in 2014 at mostly unmanned level crossings in the state, 64% of death cases were reported from the Agra division. Data reveals the 235 deaths occurred at Agra division’s level crossings last year, and 70 have been killed in 2015 to date.

In the Agra division, 502 people reportedly died in railway accidents last year, while the toll has touched 205 this year so far. Police data also revealed that 344 bodies of people who died last year on railway tracks have not been identified. This year 94 bodies have not been identified.

Kichha, India: Two killed on ILCAD

5 Jun

Two people were killed and four others injured after their pick-up vehicle was hit by a passenger train on the Shantipuri unmanned railway crossing in Kichha, Udham Singh Nagar district, at 08.00 on June 3rd, 2015; which, coincidentally is the 7th International Level Crossing Awareness Day. Indian Railways are a major participant in ILCAD with awareness raising drives across India.

Bijnor, India: Police say ten killed in crossing collision

20 May

A police source in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, has been reported as saying that ten people were killed and maybe as many as 30 injured in a collision on a nearby unmanned level crossing. The collision was with a tractor towing a trailer carrying pilgrims returning from a nearby holy site. The accident happened early on May 20th, 2015.

Batuwatta, Sri Lanka: Community takes action at own expense

9 Feb

Citizens living in Batuwatta near Ragama have taken action at their own expense to make an unmanned crossing on which four people,  a father and three of his children, were killed last week safer for the future. This has been achieved by the community coming together to invest in manually operated barriers and the staff to operate them.

In the eyes of the community, they could not sit idly by in anticipation of the railway or other public funding being made available to address the risk arising at the Batuwatta level crossing, Hence, the community decision to fund the acquisition of the necessary equipment is only a part of the story as the community has also employed two crossing attendants to operate the barriers to prevent vehicular access when a train is approaching. The local view is that action such as this should have been taken by the railway after previous fatal accidents.