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Statement on Today's Level Crossing Collision

27 February 2014

Today’s level crossing collision is a tragic reminder of the risks and care that motorists need to take around railway crossings, according to TrackSAFE NZ.

“All level crossing collisions are traumatic for everyone, and our thoughts are with all those involved as well as the families of those affected, and the driver of the train,” says Foundation Manager Megan Drayton.

She says earlier in the year TrackSAFE reminded motorists of the care needed around level crossings, following a spate of near collisions.

“In the past year alone there have been 23 recorded incidents of near collisions with heavy vehicles,” says Ms Drayton.

Two of these incidents involved petrol tankers almost driving into trains.

“We would really urge all motorists, and particularly heavy vehicle users, to obey the signs and signals at level crossings, and to always ensure the railway line is clear of trains before proceeding across the crossing.

“It’s also particularly important for heavy vehicle users to ensure there is room for their vehicle on the other side when moving across the level crossing, so that they don’t end up trapped on the crossing.”

TrackSAFE NZ is a rail safety charity that aims to raise awareness about safety around the railway. TrackSAFE NZ was previously known as the Chris Cairns Foundation, before it amalgamated with Australian harm prevention charity TrackSAFE in October 2013.

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