Well, another rail vs. vehicle crash.
|WHY DOES THIS MAJOR THOROUGHFARE|
HAVE NO GATES?
While we don't claim to know the facts surrounding this crash, the underlying cause is crystal-clear. Despite years of level crossing crashes around the state and successive governments (ALP & LNP) both pledging to address the issue, it would seem the only level crossings that have received necessary upgrades are in the southern part of the state.
After the Cardwell Tilt Train crash in 2008 (who in their right mind has an unprotected crossing of a major rail line with the main national highway anyway?), the Blight government pledged to bridge this crossing. Andrew Cripps, then Member for Hinchinbrook, acknowledged that Queensland is 'far behind the rest of the country' in level crossing safety measures.
Indeed, a year later, a truck driver was killed at an ungated crossing at Mundoo. Blight said that a "task force" was underway to ensure that the most hazardous crossings were upgraded - especially those in urban areas.
Cairns has had crashes, including one serious crash just last year. Kuranda train engineers tell of daily near-misses.
So how do the results of this "task force" get rural, south Queensland upgraded and something on a major Cairns street gets nothing?
|THIS CROSSING, FROM AN UNSEALED RURAL ROAD, QUALIFIED|
FOR LEVEL CROSSING GATE UPGRADE. WHY?
BECAUSE IT'S NEAR BRISBANE, THATS WHY!
We all know the answer. Years and years of ineffective and impotent representation by our local officials and a general attitude of neglect by all levels of government.