At risk of being labelled pedantic or worse it might be arguable that the 86-year stretch since the last fatality on board a spark could continue if the deceased is found to have in fact not passed away as a direct consequence of injuries received but rather from the consequences of the event which are probably (not definitively) linked such as suffering a heart attack. Statistics are purely a number. On a human level there has been a loss of life. Full stop.
You are not in a position to determine the actual cause of death. The truth will eventually be revealed, and when it is, you may be made to look foolish.
Just because the media said that when the victim was finally located that he was in a state of cardiac arrest, doesn't necessarily mean what you think it does.
Without knowing the full circumstances as the report....
Exactly, so Shut T.F.U.
You were the one calling for no-one to speculate back on page 3 of this thread, but here you are.
....will be a long way off I am left to ponder just what it might take to persuade road vehicle drivers to obey relatively simple rules and signs. We already have red light and speed cameras. Perhaps the same kit at level crossings is overdue for installation? It may not prevent a determined, ignorant, arrogant or simply suicidal driver from taking a risk but there is some evidence that they engender greater compliance at road intersections and at known speed-camera locations with a consequent drop in road trauma.
You are giving the impression that the truck driver deliberately
ignored the relevant road rules and safety systems in place at the crossing holus bolus
What if, hypothetically, he was asleep at the wheel? This is NOT speculation of what actually happened, it is merely a possibility, but for some reason you did not mention it amongst the determined/ignorant/arrogant/suicidal labels that you place against truck drivers to reflect your inherent hatred of them.
Please, PLEASE, wait for the official inquest. In the meantime, stop holding your own.