Pedestrian struck and injured by a Canberra tram

 
Topic moved from New South Wales by dthead on 09 Mar 2019 19:55
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/man-hit-by-canberra-tram-while-walking-through-intersection-20190309-p512ww.html

A man is in a stable condition after he was hit and injured by a tram undergoing testing on Canberra's light rail tracks, about a month out from the network's planned start date.
An ACT government spokeswoman said initial investigations suggested the pedestrian had stepped in front of the light rail vehicle against a red signal while wearing headphones.

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the incident, which happened at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue with Barry Drive and Cooyong Street, at 7.47am on Saturday.
An Emergency Services Agency spokesman said the man suffered upper body injuries and injuries to both legs.

The man remained conscious after the collision and was not trapped under the tram. He was taken to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.
The ACT government spokeswoman said the tram driver applied the emergency brakes and an initial review of the incident suggested emergency protocols "worked well and were followed".

Operations and testing were immediately halted following the incident, but resumed following viewing of the incident when operators were confident of safety along the route," she said.
Trams are currently being tested on the light rail line between Gungahlin and the city, with stage one of the network expected to start taking passengers on a Saturday some time in April.


After Saturday morning's collision, a large crack was visible in the windshield of the tram involved.
Sharna Thompson, a window washer who witnessed the incident, said it left her feeling shocked.

"Out of the corner of my eye, I saw it happen," she said.
"I turned around and [the man] was on the ground.


"He'd hit the windscreen, but I'm not actually sure what caused [the collision]."
Ms Thompson said she hadn't seen any near misses involving trams while washing windows at the intersection where the crash happened.

She said the tram driver had reversed the vehicle after the collision and alerted emergency services.
Speed limits for light rail vehicles match the limits on the roads adjacent to the tracks, up to a maximum of 70 kilometres an hour.

The Sunday Canberra Times reported in November that more than one in 10 of the territory's crashes involving pedestrians happen on Northbourne Avenue.
The ACT government spokeswoman urged all Canberrans to be aware of their surroundings and obey the road rules in the light rail corridor.
"Light rail vehicles are travelling the full length of the alignment between Gungahlin and the city at both day and night," she said.


"Light rail vehicles are quiet and large. It is important Canberrans pay attention near the light rail tracks."
In April 2018, Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris launched the "Rail Ready" light rail safety program, which included a video with tips for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to stay safe around trams.
"If everyone follows the rules, we all stay safe," Ms Fitzharris said at the time.
The ACT government spokeswoman said the safety campaign had been "communicated to the community continuously" since it began.


"At every opportunity, the ACT government and Canberra Metro are reminding the Canberra community of the need to obey traffic rules and to be aware of your surroundings in the light rail corridor," she said on Saturday.
"We hope this morning’s incident serves as another reminder to Canberrans to pay attention when around light rail."




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  kitchgp Deputy Commissioner

There are calls to reduce the light rail speed limit to 40 km/h. Doesn't specify which areas.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/pedestrian-safety-around-light-rail-a-balance-transport-experts-20190311-p513b7.html
  SinickleBird Chief Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
These trams - they just sneak up on you. Out of nowhere.

I have witnessed a pedestrian walk into a street sign on a major street in downtown Sydney. Too busy texting or updating Facebook status to watch where they are going. Damn street sign - it just appeared and hit her in the face.

Perhaps i’m Old school, but growing tired of distracted people walking into me.
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Well that's one way to get into the history books.
  marvin Assistant Commissioner

Location: Mars... "The Earth? Oh, the Earth will be gone in just a few seconds!"
An ACT government spokeswoman said initial investigations suggested the pedestrian had stepped in front of the light rail vehicle against a red signal while wearing headphones
theanimal

From the above (my bolding)...

the thread title should be changed to:

"Canberra tram struck and injured by a hopeless Pedestrian".


marvin Smile
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  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I think we can all agree here that this is simply an excuse protect the pedestrian when they are the one at fault for not looking out for the tram in the first place.
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

I think we can all agree here that this is simply an excuse protect the pedestrian when they are the one at fault for not looking out for the tram in the first place.
railblogger
Or Darwin strikes again.
  matthewg Train Controller

I think we can all agree here that this is simply an excuse protect the pedestrian when they are the one at fault for not looking out for the tram in the first place.
Or Darwin strikes again.
nswtrains
Forward (and rearward) facing cameras are standard equipment these days. They may even have cab cameras.

It will be all on the digital recorder on the tram (as will be the other reported 'trams running red lights' incidents reported in the last day or so.)

The event loggers will also have recorded the driver's control inputs so they will know exactly how the driver responded and when.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Looks like a bit of a rough time during testing.

A tram driver has been suspended for running a red light, with a collision only having been prevented when the car driver proceeding on green took evasive action.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-13/uber-driver-near-miss-with-light-rail-vehicle-in-canberra/10896724
  TomBTR Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
For what it is worth, here in Dublin they have signs which read

See tracks

Think tram


The trams here seem to move at a fast walking pace, feels like no more than 8km/hr, while on the road but at great speed, seems like 80km/hr, while on old heavy rail alignment.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Tram was damaged? I guess they don't have enough rhinos in the mix for trams north of the border...

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