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The national transport safety regulator finds a passenger train that smashed through century-old gates had failed to stop despite the driver deploying the brakes 5km from Ballarat's CBD.
The Wendouree-bound passenger train, with a train driver, conductor and two passengers onboard, was unable to come to a stop at the Ballarat Railway Station, despite deploying emergency brakes just after 11:30pm on May 30.
A preliminary report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has confirmed the driver began to brake early, almost 5 kilometres from Ballarat, because of the wet and windy conditions.
But even after applying the emergency brake more than 200 metres out from the station, the train failed to stop, coming to rest 600m past the intersection.
CCTV footage from the night shows three pedestrians crossing the intersection 49 seconds before the train ploughs through, destroying the heritage-listed, century-old gates.
"One second before the train passed through the crossing, the road traffic lights changed from showing a green indication to a flashing amber," the report states.
"However, the gates were still across the railway track, rather than protecting the crossing from road traffic, and were struck by the train."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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