For a selection of media reports see The Age, the ABC, News.com.au and the BBC .
This is the worst rail accident in Australia for years. Like so many others it occurred at a level crossing, one which had warning lights, though not boom gates. I don't know enough about the circumstances but the responsibility to stop almost invariably falls upon road users not train drivers. It will therefore be interesting to see what emerges from the investigations, which will no doubt explore many questions, including
- Were the warning lights working?
- Was the truck driver licensed to drive the vehicle?
- Was the truck registered and insured?.