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Just seen on the news tonight a train wreck in Victoria, Australia, near lismore. Seem a semitrailer struck a container train and the resulting pile up took about 40 cars and couple of locos off the rails. Unfortunately the semi driver didn't survive and it appears that the cab of his truck is buried so deeply it may take a few days to recover his body. This happened on a level crossing with only lights for protection, no warning bells or gates and it happened in fog. Train was carring bottles of wine, grain and a few other items.

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Interesting crash that. He was one lucky bugger. I have noticed that in the interests of safety many rail crossings here in NSW and Qld that had full width gates, lights and bells now only have a sign. Up near Dungog on the north coast line there was a accident with the Sydney to Brisbane XPT on a crossing. An elderly couple crossed directly in the path of the oncoming XPT which was doing around 150kph. Needless to say the killed and the driver and his 2nd man are still in therapy. A picture was published showing the crossing in the early sixties, when steam was still running, with fullwidth gates, lights and bells. These were removed in the early seventies in the interests of safety, read maintenance, as the number of trains using the route had diminshed substantially. I wonder what the workcover report really said and what is the SRA, State Sail Authority, duty of care to it's employees and and the public.

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