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Railway Accident Investigation Unit (Ireland) Annual Report

Railway Accident Investigation Unit (Ireland) Annual Report

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Railway Accident Investigation Unit (Ireland)___ Annual Report4 RAIU investigations opened in 2007 & closed in 20084.1 Collision at level crossing XN 104 between Ballybrophy and KillonanAt approximately 20.00 on the 28 th June, 2007, the 18.55 service from Ballybrophy to Limerick,train identification number A464, collided with a tractor and trailer at a farm crossing (XN 104).The crossing is located on the Ballybrophy to Killonan line situated at 35 miles 777 yards in theRoscrea to Birdhill section. The tractor and trailer were returning to a field to collect silage forstorage when they were struck by the train.Photograph 1: Level Crossing XN104The train was not derailed and came safely to a stop eighty-one metres beyond the crossing.The tractor and trailer uncoupled. The tractor struck fencing and then came to a stop on top ofthe signalpost, to the right of the direction of travel of the train, parallel to the railway line,facing the direction of Ballybrophy. The trailer struck fencing on the Down side and came to astop in the ditch to the left of the direction of travel of the train, at an angle of approximately60º to the railway line.The train crew established that the attendance of the emergency services was not required foreither the passengers, crew or the tractor driver. No injuries were reported and arrangementswere made for the passengers to continue their journey by bus.The line was reopened on the 29 th June at 15.45 following the removal of the train, the tractorand trailer, and once repairs had been carried out to signalling equipment, track and thecrossing.2008 4

Railway Accident Investigation Unit (Ireland)___ Annual ReportThe immediate cause of the accident was that the tractor driver drove across the railwaywithout stopping and checking for the approach of a train.Causal factors were that the gates of the crossing being left open for movements back and forthwhile work was going on in the adjacent field. There was also limited visibility of the line fromthe tractor due to vegetation at the lineside.Underlying causes were that the tractor driver was unfamiliar with the correct procedure forusing unmanned level crossings as set out in Iarnród Éireann’s publication “The SAFE use ofunattended Railway Level Crossings” (Iarnród Éireann, 2006).2008 5

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