Cross­ing ‘safe’ de­spite crash

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Near You - By JON BAS­SETT

THE Public Trans­port Author­ity (PTA) says a level cross­ing de­scribed as “ex­tremely danger­ous” is safe, de­spite a train hit­ting a truck about 4.40pm on March 5.

“There was noth­ing wrong with the boom gate,” a PTA spokes­woman said.

“It was the truck that was in the cross­ing.”

She said the driver of a medium-sized truck was not aware his ve­hi­cle pro­truded into the path of a Perth-bound train at Vic­to­ria Street sta­tion as the truck stopped be­hind two cars on the Curtin Av­enue side of the cross­ing that con­nects to Stir­ling High­way.

Main Roads recorded that 36,290 ve­hi­cles used Stir­ling High­way daily and 15,720 on Curtin Av­enue in 2013.

Both routes are ex­pected to take more lo­cal car, com- muter, truck and re­gional through-traf­fic in the fu­ture.

Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said the cross­ing was “ex­tremely danger­ous” be­cause driv­ers forced their way across and there was not enough dis­tance be­tween the cross­ing and its feeder roads.

“Driv­ers try­ing to en­ter Curtin Ave at peak times take huge risks, and sooner or later there will be a fa­tal­ity,” Mr Nor­ris said.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said her coun­cil wanted traf­fic lights syn­chro­nised with boom gates on both sides of the cross­ing.

The PTA spokes­woman said in­creas­ing con­ges­tion was “not an ex­cuse to flout the law and en­ter a level cross­ing when it is not safe to do so”, and sig­nif­i­cant money was spent to en­sure cross­ings were op­er­a­tional, safe and warned mo­torists.

Pas­sen­gers are evac­u­ated af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

Traf­fic builds up.

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