Rail safety investigations & reports

Level Crossing Collision - Edith Street, Horsham, Vic, 11 August 2005

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 22 December 2006   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Train details

Train details
Train registration G535, train 0783  
Type of operation Light engine  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Portland  
Destination Dimboola  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 0 0 1 1
Total: 0 0 1 1
Last update 23 November 2010