Three killed in crossing smash
August 5, 2004
THREE people were killed when a car was hit by a train at a level crossing in Melbourne's north-west early today.
Police said the crash occurred on the level crossing at Furlong Road, St Albans, about 6.15am.
It is believed the car was struck by a Sunshine-bound train.
The bodies of the three were still to be removed from the wreckage of the car, a police spokeswoman said.
Bus services were replacing trains between Sunshine and Sydenham railway stations.
As the dust settles a little, is this not the crossing where residents have been campaigning for a road underpass for some years?
ABC Radio in Melbourne this morning reports it was due to a car in front being involved in a small accident?
ps. Plus they say 150 people on board the train no one hurt !!!
If it is true that they drove around the boom gates, whos fault is it? Anyone with half a pickle for a brain would realise that trains are quite large, and most likely will kill you if you are in there path. Right now I do feel for the family of the deceased, but no where near how much I feel sad for a work comrade. Anyone who has never experienced a fatality, should refrain from having a go at me for what I said. These accidents are terrible, and extremely sad, but you watch the knives go at the government for this now, and the media will find any way possible to try and sink them for this.
You might recall the recent accident in NSW with the Xplorer and a car on the crossing at Baan Baa. Of course the knee-jerk reaction was to recommend lowering of the speed limit of Countrylink services. Not sure if that was put through.
IF a train hits you at 100km/h you'll come off just as bad as if the train was going 160.