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THE final report into the Waterfall train disaster will not be released until the second anniversary of the accident, the NSW Opposition said toda
THE final report into the Waterfall train disaster will not be released until the second anniversary of the accident, the NSW Opposition said today.
The report into the January 2003 crash, which killed seven people, was to have been handed down by Justice Peter McInerney on October 28.
But last week the date was put back to January 31 next year.
Opposition transport spokesman Mike Gallacher today said he understood the delay could have been because Justice McInerney was ill.
However, Premier Bob Carr should have offered a public explanation for the delay before leaving for India last Friday, he said.
"The victims of one of Australia's worst rail accidents and the families of those who died had to wait almost a year for the first stage of the inquiry to report," he said.
"Now we've got even more delays.
"The Premier should have at least said something to the families and said something to the community to (assure them) this hasn't been forgotten."
Seven people were killed when the Tangara G7 train derailed near Waterfall station in January 2003.
Justice McInerney's interim report, released on January 15 this year, found train driver Herman Zeides, who died in the crash, suffered a heart attack shortly after the train pulled out of Waterfall station, south of Sydney.
The report also found a "pervasive lack of safety awareness" at StateRail had contributed to the tragedy, and said managers had known about defects in the deadman emergency braking system but had not fixed it.
The final report will examine the adequacy of safety management systems on the network, and consider necessary improvements to rail operations.
Comment was being sought from Transport Minister Michael Costa.
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