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A MAN has died after being struck by a train in NSW’s Hunter Region overnight.
Emergency services were called to Kingdon Street in Scone at 9.45pm on Saturday after a man was hit by a train on a railway level crossing.
The man, who hasn’t been formally identified, died at the scene.
Officers from Hunter Valley Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.
According to Transport for NSW, there two railway crossings in Scone that have boom gates with flashing lights.
Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Pacific National, and the NSW Police are concerned the number of level crossing accidents have increased over the past six months.
“It takes a 1.5km-long freight train travelling at 100km/hour approximately 2km to come to a complete stop, and that is after the train driver has seen the vehicle not slowing down,” Pacific National‘s CEO, Dean Dalla Valle, said.
Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are being warned to take extra caution. Source: AFP.Source:AFP
Pacific National alone had five collisions and eight near misses in the 12 months to June, and other rail users have similar statistics.
There are 24,000 level crossings nationally and summer holiday traffic on roads means greater risk of more deadly games of level crossing chicken.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said drivers approaching rail crossings need to stop and think.
“In many cases, level crossing crashes happen in broad daylight when visibility and sight distance is good,” he said. “In many cases, crashes happen at level crossings when a driver looks, but does not see the danger.”
Drivers need to stop and think. Source: AAP.Source:News Corp Australia
According to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator, there were 27 collisions between trains or trams and road vehicles at level crossings across Australia between 2015 and 2016.
The figures from 1997 to 2002 show that pedestrians have been killed at railway crossings in far greater numbers than vehicle occupants or cyclists, with 66 pedestrian deaths across the country over that time, compared to 25 deaths involving occupants of cars.
Inquiries into the incident on Saturday are continuing and police will prepare a report for the Coroner.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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