Two killed near Young in collision between train and truck

 

News article: Two killed near Young in collision between train and truck

A level crossing has again been the scene of a tragedy involving a b-double truck and a freight train

  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales

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Something must be done about the large number of trucks in the roads now. This is the 3rd incident in the past week.

Two killed near Young in collision between train and truck

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  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Hope the train crew are ok. And the lead loco.

Incidentally, I find the headline a bit misleading in that it implies that trains are again running to Young, hence unexpected for the truck driver. It’s 60km+ to the accident site from Young. Perhaps that’s the closest hospital. But using that logic, you could portray a crash at Dunedoo as “near Mudgee”.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Something must be done about the large number of trucks in the roads now. This is the 3rd incident in the past week.

Two killed near Young in collision between train and truck
freightgate
Think you will find cars collide with trains as well, perhaps something must be done about inattentive drivers... Rolling Eyes

BigShunter.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Playing the devils advocate here, but surely none of the good members of this forum have never zoned out driving along a highway on a long road trip at 100km/h?

There are 20 level crossings in the 214km between Ingham and Gordonvale on the Bruce Highway, almost all of them in 80km/h and 100km/h speed zones. I can assure you, there would be very few highway users on that section of highway that would be prepared to stop at every single level crossing every single time.

Level crossing removal is really the only permanent solution to this issue until the human factor ceases to be a problem. Inattentive drivers also have head-on collisions, read-end collisions and single vehicle rollovers and collisions - it's not something restricted to level crossings.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This is not an excuse for driving whilst not in a proper state to do so and remaining vigilant.
  mikado5917 Station Staff

Playing the devils advocate here, but surely none of the good members of this forum have never zoned out driving along a highway on a long road trip at 100km/h?

There are 20 level crossings in the 214km between Ingham and Gordonvale on the Bruce Highway, almost all of them in 80km/h and 100km/h speed zones. I can assure you, there would be very few highway users on that section of highway that would be prepared to stop at every single level crossing every single time.

Level crossing removal is really the only permanent solution to this issue until the human factor ceases to be a problem. Inattentive drivers also have head-on collisions, read-end collisions and single vehicle rollovers and collisions - it's not something restricted to level crossings.
Sulla1
This accident was on a straight unsealed rural lane in the middle of a long straight section of line with excellent sightlines from the level crossing. Crossing removal is just not viable in the thousands of situations like this.

A quick flash on our regional news indicated that it was 8215 on the Goonumbla-Port Kembla ore train, which is an 80km/h runner [if memory serves], so not the fastest freighter on that line. The workers on the b-double were relatively local. We can only await a possible inquest.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
This is not an excuse for driving whilst not in a proper state to do so and remaining vigilant.
bevans
Its unreasonable to expect every driver to be 100% vigilant 100% of the time, nice utopia but it doesn't happen and why trains are fitted with vigilant monitors. Note they are not protected to protect the drivers from death, but rather cost of as trains are very expensive so the cost of vigilant monitors in freight only services.

However while we express outrage of train vs truck at LX, level crossings are nothing more than a T and + intersections for which what are the stats per year of such crashes compared to rail related, yet grade separation is limited to mostly freeways and mostly for the purposes of traffic flow, not accident prevention.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The fact is that there's not much you can do about stupidity. Some years back, I was with an Echuca crew who ran rice trains in and out of Deniliquin. "Ricies" were a fact of life in that area. On one occasion, this crew cleaned up a young local on a crossing about 10 km out of Deni, and the bloke  luckily got out alive. The following week, these same blokes were hit by the first guy's brother who didn't survive.
If somebody can't learn in a situation like that, the roads are safer without him.

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