Senin, 15 April 2013

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

 

There is a bit more to this story:

"After years of investigation the coroner released a statement declaring accidental death with no criminality, and the investigation was closed soon thereafter. The coroner's report concluded the crossing gates were not defective and that eyewitness testimony proved that two or more students lifted the gates despite the possibility of another oncoming train."

James

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMCG31_Accident_impliquant_un_autobus_scolaire_et_un_train_Vaudreuil_Dorion_QC

--- In Canadian-Passenger-Rail@yahoogroups.com, Derek Boles <derekboles@...> wrote:
>
> 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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