Senin, 15 April 2013

[CanPassRail] Re: Level Crossings (was Perceived Risk on Various Modes)


October 7, 1966:
Nineteen teenagers and the bus driver are killed in a bus-train
collision in Dorion, Quebec, about 24 miles west of Montreal, in
Canada's worst level crossing disaster. The bus was carrying the teens
to a high school dance and stopped at the St. Charles Road level
crossing to wait for an eastbound train to pass. The bus then proceeded
across the tracks and was struck by a westbound Canadian National
freight train bound for Toronto. A coroner's jury held in early 1967
determined that CN and the Board of Transport Commissioners were
partially responsible for the accident even though the crossing was
fully protected by gates, flashers and bells. The jury failed to
recognize that the initiative for crossing elimination must come from
the municipality. The Grand Trunk Railway had first proposed an
underpass here in 1912 but the town of Dorion was unwilling to
jeopardize the property rights of nearby land owners. After the
accident, an underpass was finally built at this location.

Derek Boles

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