So driver error, or an incredibly pathetic safe-working system?
The VLocity stopped at the red signal behind the Comeng and as is normal safe-working practice the VLocity proceeded at a speed not exceeding 25KPH.
From what I've heard...(reliable source) the driver of the disabled Comeng was required to walk to the rear of the train, climb up to the drivers cab, break a lead seal and turn on the rear red marker lights.
However and there is some conjecture here... the driver appeared to be unwilling to walk back along the tracks as on one side is the SG and the other side is the down line, an unsafe work environment to enter due to the tracks.
My source has spoken to the V/Line driver and the driver is certain he was NOT exceeding 25KPH.
He did NOT see the rear of the Comeng until it was too late to stop.
Hmmmmm, That guy nearest to the tow chain certainly is brave. Having seen what happens when a wagon tow chain snaps, I don't think it would have ended well if it went wrong there.
That was my first reaction too although 'brave' wasn't the word I was thinking of. Perhaps he had a spare head in stock somewhere.
Given the mob standing around, one would have thought someone would have pointed out the error of his ways. Perhaps his train proof (safety) shirt or crash hat provided sufficient protection.
Kennett not only finished the railways he also sold off most things including the States power assets.
Closed hospitals and put the mentally ill onto the street. He opened up gambling in Victoria and built a casino.
He created a lot of misery for a lot of people.
Now he is chairman of the organisation who is tasking with helping them.
So a Driver contacts Control for permission to pass an auto at stop. He gets the ok, but still has to proceed at a restricted speed, doesn't, and smeg-ends the train in front. How is that different to the possibility of that occurring now, with the exception of asking Control?
The existing rules are fine, provided they are complied with. The real investigation needs to focus on why some Drover's don't follow the rules - and to give them the asre before they come to grief. The vast majority of railway rules are written in blood. Many seem to forget that.
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