Senin, 15 April 2013

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

I had to check the Wiki because I couldn't understand how the school bus could pass when the crossing was fully protected by gates, flashers and bells and everything was working perfectly. I assumed that the gates were half-gates, only blocking half the road and that the driver drove around them. But I was wrong.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorion_level_crossing_accident




On 2013-04-15, at 7:25 PM, Derek Boles 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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