Freight Train and car collide at Inverleigh

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 24 Sep 2020 17:51
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
7922V that hit the car just gone through Gheringhap.  MA2 awaiting line clar at Gheringhap Loop.

Freight Train and car collide at Inverleigh

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Much damage to the lead loco ?
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I saw this on 9 News. Looked like a current model Camry had been demolished.

Only shots of the train were the rear of the consist, but if the train has since continued on its way, I doubt there was any significant damage to the loco.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

"Police are investigating if the man failed to stop at the crossing." Really?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
"Police are investigating if the man failed to stop at the crossing." Really?
Madjikthise
When we all know that the real problem is the train failing to stop and give way to the car Laughing

Any handy clumps of trees around the crossing for the tin top driver to blame when the reality is that they were playing on their phone / drive the road all the time and never seen a train / insert other excuse here? Anything that will make is someone else's fault.......
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
"Police are investigating if the man failed to stop at the crossing." Really?
When we all know that the real problem is the train failing to stop and give way to the car Laughing

Any handy clumps of trees around the crossing for the tin top driver to blame when the reality is that they were playing on their phone / drive the road all the time and never seen a train / insert other excuse here? Anything that will make is someone else's fault.......
BrentonGolding
Given the few photos I've seen of the incident, I'm more likely inclined to say it was a later age country driver not giving a crap. (asides from Camrys in the country seemingly being bastions of middle to old age drivers at least)
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Warning: This is pure speculation!

This level crossing has no boom gates, no flashing lights and no bells, only a Stop or Give Way sign. (The article says a Stop sign, Google Maps Street View shows a Give Way sign. I have been there, but this is a minor dry weather road, I can't remember it either way)

I would say, the likelyhood is the car was travelling along Cemetery Rd (which runs parallel with the railway) in the same direction as the train, the driver has then turned into Fuller Rd, seeing that no train was coming from the Geelong direction, but failing to properly to check if there was a train coming from the Ararat direction.

Complacency can be a biatch.

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Of course, this goes on the basis that this was a simple yet costly mistake on the Car drivers part. That may not be the case.

No. I am in not suggesting there is any blame due to the train driver here.
  splod Junior Train Controller

Location: Darwin, NT
Well if we're going to speculate...

I'd say he was most likely proceeding along Fuller Rd towards the railway and Cemetery Rd.  Streetview (admittedly from Jan 2008) shows there are trees on ether side of the road until around 20m from the crossing.  This is probably also why the Stop sign exists for vehicles travelling from this direction.

Complacency + lack of vision + not actually stopping for the sign would all contribute to an accident such as this.

There are also a number of crossings very close together in this area, including three within 1km at this site - probably a good case for closing some and rationalising them into a smaller number of crossings with active protection.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Why speculate at all? Speculation becomes rumour which then becomes "this is what happened."

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