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At approximately 1417 on 13 December 2007 a tandem tip truck loaded with a 'bobcat' excavator drove into the side of the Indian Pacific passenger train (4SA8) at the passively controlled level crossing of Moloney Road near Virginia in SA. As a result of the collision, the truck driver was seriously injured. The locomotive drivers were shaken but not hurt. There were no injuries to passengers or the train's hospitality staff.

The investigation concluded that the accident occurred because the driver of the truck entered the level crossing while a train was on the crossing and that he did not come to a halt at the level crossing 'Stop' sign. It is likely that the truck driver was not expecting a train at the level crossing and accordingly did not stop.

Safety actions recommended as a result of the investigation include a review of the Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model (ALCAM) with respect to assessing the risks associated with level crossings having a history of incidents/accidents and measures to reduce the road/rail interface risk at the Moloney Road level crossing.

Rail Safety Recommendations [ RR20080026 ] [ RR20080027 ] [ RR20080028 ]

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General details
Date: 13 December 2007 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1417 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Virginia  
State: South Australia  
Release date: 27 June 2008 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Train details
Train registration: Train 4SA8 
Type of operation: Passenger Train 
Damage to train: Minor 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Departure time:1455
Destination:Adelaide, SA

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