Significant drop in level crossing accidents

2013-05-27 22:19

Johannesburg - There has been a 26.6% drop in collisions between trains and road vehicles at level crossings, Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga said on Monday.

"Even though the number of these collisions accounts for a very small percentage of the overall incidents within the rail network, the number of fatalities as a result of such an incident is very high," Chikunga said in a speech prepared for delivery.

"Level crossing incidents generally result in serious collisions, due to the impact of the train on the road vehicles," she said.

This was according to the Railway Safety Regulator report for the years 2011/12 and 2012/12.

Chikunga was speaking for the Rail Safety Regulator at the Koelenhof Level-Crossing Public Awareness Safety Campaign in the Western Cape.

She said the RSR recorded 123 accidents throughout the country in 2011/12, in which 10 people died and 40 were injured.

There were 91 accidents recorded in 2012/13.

In the Western Cape, there were 17 level-crossing accidents in 2011/12, in which two people died and six were injured.

The preliminary figure for 2012/13 was 20 accidents with no deaths and 13 injuries, said Chikunga.

She said the industry had experienced 2 375 injuries and 425 deaths as a result of operations and security incidents.

There was a 21% increase in vandalism and a 10.6% increase in rolling stock fires.

"This is of great concern to the department of transport and RSR as this increases delays in running of service by operators, and contributes to the overall overcrowding of the passenger rail system during peak hours," said Chikunga.

  • Maartins Siphiso - 2013-05-28 07:00

    This is due to the decrease of trains crossing the level crossings, which in turn is due to the lack of maintenance these trains receive, which in turn is due to the decrease in level of competence these maintainers have.

      Leroy Reynolds - 2013-05-28 08:09

      first thing I thought, just opened the comment section to see if anyone else had the same view, did not have to read long xD

      Mello Maase - 2013-05-28 09:43

      u r right

      John Smith - 2013-05-28 11:17

      Very amusing! But true !

  • matches - 2013-05-28 07:10

    Now can we get level crossing for pedestrians on our highways and motorways.

  • warren-rodel - 2013-05-28 08:41

    And next is the corruption... when will that come out?

  • John Smith - 2013-05-28 11:14

    123 down to 91, down by 26%! Wow! She can do grade 7 maths? This is the rubbish we must believe is NEWS!

  • TARServices - 2013-08-03 13:12

    I have investigated many traffic accidents at level crossings. Unfortunately in my experience these accidents were caused by the disregard of stops signs and or booms at these intersections by the drivers of the vehicles involved. The Humphrey case was a good example of this.

  • Chad Flores - 2013-11-26 14:49

    This Shutterstock-photo next to the article: I'm curious to know where this picture was taken?

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