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A BRISBANE train guard who deployed an emergency brake helped avoid a potentially serious crash last year after the driver had failed to stop at a red light despite repeated emergency warnings.
An ATSB investigation into the incident on October 12 last year found the train, which was returning from Kippa-Ring to Bowen Hills, was finally pulled up 83m before converging onto tracks opened for another train.
Investigators found the train passed two yellow warning signals just south of Petrie Station, with the driver manually acknowledging the warnings after an automatic warning system triggered an in-cab alert.
The train passed through the red signal travelling about 41km/h.The driver then passed a red signal but told investigators he did not see it because he was “focused on the preceding train and not the signal indication directly in front”.
The train passed through the red signal travelling about 41km/h, alerting a network control officer who issued an emergency radio broadcast calling for the train to stop.
The driver thought the call was for another train but did slow down to walking pace, the report says.
As the train slowed, the guard believed it was about to stop and radioed back to the control officer that the situation was under control.
But then the train driver, still unaware that he had driven through the red light, started to speed up.
“In response the guard opened the brake pipe cock, causing an emergency brake application that brought the train to a complete stop,” the report says
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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