Train slams into truck at crossing near Geelong

 
  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2013/09/07/372379_news.html

A train has met with a truck today, not far from Geelong.

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  MC3801 Train Controller

This is the second train/car crash in like a week. The other one being the Overland crash. And both being in Victoria.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
The locos obviously need more flashing lights and bright colours to be seen by motorists.  Laughing
  sas85 Chief Commissioner

Location: V1
Anyone know which N was the unfortunate victim?
  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
The locos obviously need more flashing lights and bright colours to be seen by motorists.  Laughing
Donald
What I don't understand is why the train driver didn't stop and give way.  Rolling Eyes
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
The locos obviously need more flashing lights and bright colours to be seen by motorists.  Laughing
Donald

Frankly what we need is fewer motorists.
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Anyone know which N was the unfortunate victim?
sas85
N458, City of Marybro
  712M Chief Commissioner

You can understand why VLP are so anal about adequate crossing protection on lines that DMUs operate on before they run over 70km/h. God knows what the damage would've been like if a VLocity was the train involved in this crash.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
You can understand why VLP are so anal about adequate crossing protection on lines that DMUs operate on before they run over 70km/h. God knows what the damage would've been like if a VLocity was the train involved in this crash.
712M
I recon if you look at the result of the collision of a vlo vs truck on the Ararat line a few years ago you would have been on the money here as well.
  bramt Deputy Commissioner

Tho that truck was carrying a giant granite boulder. Wonder which is worse, that or a truckload of dirt?
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
At the risk of being Captain Obvious, seeing as the train has the right of way at a crossing, shouldn't the post be titled "Truck Slams Into Train At Crossing Near Geelong"??? Or does the road lobby ensure headlines like that never appear?
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
At the risk of being Captain Obvious, seeing as the train has the right of way at a crossing, shouldn't the post be titled "Truck Slams Into Train At Crossing Near Geelong"??? Or does the road lobby ensure headlines like that never appear?
"Ballast_Plough"
"Truck In Level Crossing Accident".

EDIT: That's a neutral way. A more anti-truck way would be, 'Truck Accident At Level Crossing'.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
The thread title is right.   Truck was on the level crossing and train struck it.  
If it was truck hit train, I would assume something more like Kerang.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
"Truck and Train collide" should suit the purists.Smile
  sas85 Chief Commissioner

Location: V1
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2013/09/09/372409_news.html


Police are investigating whether sun glare was a factor.
Geelong Advertiser


The 'Scholl defence' has already been wheeled out. It makes me sick that a 'professional driver' can use sun glare as an excuse. All motorists are expected to drive to the conditions, not just car drivers. If I were to drive through a line of picketing truck drivers and said that the sun was in my eyes it wouldn't wash with the trucking community and they would want my blood.

I hope the driver of this heavy vehicle at the very least loses his licence. Disgusts me.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

You're an idiot.
  sas85 Chief Commissioner

Location: V1
Care to expand?
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
"A truck loaded with dirt drove through an uncontrolled level crossing about 9.30am on Pettavel Rd, Freshwater Creek."
Geelong Advertiser


"Police said the ute hit a dip in the road and crashed through the boom gates before hitting the train and cartwheeling alongside the tracks."
Geelong Advertiser


Typical media rubbish. Was the crossing controlled or not?

Steve
  sas85 Chief Commissioner

Location: V1
It was controlled by stop signs, which although not an 'actively' controlled crossing, it is controlled none the less.
  sas85 Chief Commissioner

Location: V1
Also, the quotes refer to separate accidents, the Petavel Rd accident was the V/Line train, the second was a reference to the Overland hitting a ute week before last.
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
Also, the quotes refer to separate accidents, the Petavel Rd accident was the V/Line train, the second was a reference to the Overland hitting a ute week before last.
sas85

D'oh! Just re-read the article, dunno how I missed that the first time. *Faceplam*

Steve
  route14 Chief Commissioner

It was controlled by stop signs, which although not an 'actively' controlled crossing, it is controlled none the less.
sas85

In this case, are there any uncontrolled level crossings under your definition in Australia at all?
  sas85 Chief Commissioner

Location: V1
In this case, are there any uncontrolled level crossings under your definition in Australia at all?
"route14"

Well I haven't travelled on every line in the country to give a definitive answer but I would suggest that perhaps in some yards there might be. ARTC installed signage on 'occupation crossings' (farm accesses) some time ago but I have seen a couple recently without any signage. By definition a level crossing with a give way sign is a controlled crossing.
  Taitset Chief Commissioner

Location: Eltham, (former) vintage safeworking capital of Melbourne
In this case, are there any uncontrolled level crossings under your definition in Australia at all?
route14
There are a few around with no signs, including one between Diamond Creek and Eltham (although it's just a driveway). I also recall seeing a couple on the Hopetoun line.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
'Controlled crossing' usually refers to 'actively controlled' which involves at the very least flashing lights. A crossing guarded with only a stop or give way sign would be classed as an uncontrolled level crossing.

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