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he wife of a train driver involved in a fatal smash near Bendigo, in central Victoria, has urged the public to consider the forgotten victims of level crossing accidents.
Yesterday's smash at Mitiamo involved a car and maintenance train.
Echuca man Haldane Nelson, 32, was killed.
It is the second crash on the line in a month.
The wife of one of the train drivers involved in yesterday's crash has told the ABC that motorists who are complacent around level crossings forget the grief they can cause train drivers.
She does not want to be named, and has offered her condolences to the victim's family, but she says the community needs to be mindful that many train drivers have to end their careers because they are too traumatised by such incidents.
The Australasian Railway Association's Bryan Nye agrees.
"Drivers are ignoring the warning signs, not stoping at stop signs," he said.
Mr Nye says the states need to pool their resources to help lower the toll.
"A concentrated national program to improve driver education training," he said.
The circumstances of yesterday's crash are still being investigated.
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