The report on the collision of a passenger train with a car at Knockphunta (also known as Knockaphunta) level crossing.
This document was published on 19th October 2011 by Rail Accident Investigation Unit.
It was written by Rail Accident Investigation Unit.
This item is linked to the Accident at Knockphunta on 24th October 2010
The original document format was PDF File, and comprised 30 pages.The original document can be found here.
This document was kindly sourced from Barry Turvin and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 8th December 2011 by the Archivist.
This document is © Rail Accident Investigation Unit.
"At approximately 10:50 on Sunday 24th October 2010 as the 10:15 passenger service from Athlone to Westport approached Knockphunta Level Crossing, the train driver saw a car approaching the level crossing while the level crossing gates were open to the railway. The train driver sounded the horn and applied the emergency brake; however the train struck the car whilst it was trying to reverse away from the level crossing. There were no fatalities or injuries as a result of this accident. There was damage to the front of the car. The immediate cause of the accident was that:
- The car stopped at the level crossing, in a position that encroached into the path of the approaching train, and then was struck by the train when attempting to reverse away from the level crossing.
The contributory factors were:
- There are no road markings or marker posts at the Level Crossing identify the decision point for users to allow them to stop clear of the railway line and make a decision to cross safely or wait;
- The level crossing gates, which provide a barrier to the railway, were open when the car driver arrived at the level crossing.
The underlying factor was:
- Iarnrod Eireann has not introduced adequate measures to reduce the frequent misuse at the level crossing in relation to level crossing users leaving the gates open to the railway.
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