Here we have another sad example of a motorist ignoring railway signals and driving into the path of a passenger train, with tragic results. Rail For The Valley must deal with two issues before the reinstatement of the interurban.
1) Before any interurban or streetcar service is to begin in BC, a complete review and updating of the motor vehicles act must take place. When the act was written, taking streetcars (and interurban) into account, motorists in BC drove on the left hand side of the road! This was done in the UK, before the Manchester LRT scheme was built and in France, before there was major investment in new tramway’s. It has also been attempted in the USA, but with poorer results ans the anti-LRT lobby has used motor vehicle rules change as the last bastion of defense for their ant-LRT tirades.
2) RFV should advise government that any motorist who ignores a railway signaling device at a level crossing should be given a six month driving ban and any motorist who ignores a railway level crossing signaling device and causes an accident or death, should be given a 10 year driving ban. All interurban signaled controlled level crossings are to be CCTV monitored.
Modern light-rail is one of the safest public transit modes in the world, yet where LRT interfaces with auto traffic, accidents will and do happen and it is best the auto drivers know the law and be compelled to adhere to the law.
The SkyTrain lobby should do well to remember this as well, the annual death rate on SkyTrain is three times higher than the annual death rate on Calgary’s LRT, but that is another story.
Train crashes into car in Nanaimo
A man and woman in their 40s are dead
John Streit NANAIMO (NEWS1130) | Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 8:00 pm
NANAIMO (NEWS1130) – Two people are dead after a passenger train slammed into a car at a railway crossing in Nanaimo. It happened around three this afternoon, an older model car travelling on the Island Highway was turning right when it was hit by the Southern Railway of Vancouver Island dayliner.
There were three people in the car at the time – a man and woman in their 40s are dead, a passenger in her 20s was hurt and taken to hospital with unknown injuries. None of the passengers on the train were hurt. Mounties were told the lights and bells on the train crossing were working at the time.
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