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At approximately 1213 Eastern Standard Time on 11 August 2005, a small motor vehicle drove into the path of a Pacific National locomotive, G535, on the Edith Street level crossing at Horsham in Victoria. The crossing is protected by flashing lights a bell, approach warning signs and road markings. The driver of the motor vehicle was fatally injured as a result of the collision.

The investigation found that the driver of the motor vehicle did not to give way to the train as prescribed in 'Road Rules - Victoria'. Based on available evidence it is believed that the driver of the motor vehicle was distracted by the intersection immediately ahead, Dooen Road, and/or personal issues and was apparently unaware of the train's presence, even though the level crossing warning devices were operating at the time of the accident.

Rail recommendation [ RR20060043 ] [ RR20060044 ] [ RR20060045 ] [ RR20060046 ] [ RR20060047 ]

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General details
Date: 11 August 2005 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1215 EST  
Location:Horsham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Level Crossing 
Release date: 22 December 2006  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Train details
Train registration: G535, train 0783 
Type of operation: Light engine 
Damage to train: Minor 
Departure point:Portland
Fatal: 0011

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