Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Another collision on the Newquay branch

I can recall various instances of car/train collisions on the Par to Newquay railway line in mid Cornwall. The latest of these occurred this morning on a level crossing at Chapel which is close to the Newquay end of the line. Although the car driver was injured and his car severely damaged there were no reports of anyone on the train being hurt.

Off the top of my head I can't recall whether previous accidents occurred at this crossing or maybe they have happened at the various level crossings on this length of track. It is difficult to understand why such level crossing accidents should occur. On our Tamar Valley Line we do have ungated crossings where the train driver is obliged to stop and sound his horn but I think the Newquay branch has barriers and flashing lights - I really ought to know this. So if there was no failure in the system it might be an instance of jumping the lights and weaving round the barriers. If that proves to be the case then the car driver needs to be prosecuted.

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