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Shocking statistics on Chinchilla's forgotten level crossing

CROSSING DANGER: Chinchilla's Cemetery Rd level crossing is one of the most dangerous in South West Queensland.
CROSSING DANGER: Chinchilla's Cemetery Rd level crossing is one of the most dangerous in South West Queensland. Emma Heron

THE notoriously dangerous Wambo St level crossing is arguably the most despised intersection in Chinchilla, but recent Queensland Rail statistics show the Cemetery Rd level crossing is actually the most dangerous in town.

The scarcely lit railway crossing with no boom gates or warning lights accounted for about 13% of all South West Queensland near miss incidents between vehicles and trains in 2013.

With seven near misses recorded in 2013, incidents at the site had increased by 250% since 2012.

Incidents at the Wambo St level crossing stayed consistent with two near misses each year.

The Ashurst family lives on Cemetery Rd and crosses the train track multiple times daily.

Dad and Bulldogs junior rugby league president Mick said he had seen many drivers make a risky crossover in front of oncoming trains.

"Particularly early in the morning I've seen work vehicles shoot across," he said.

"Because there's no flashing lights to let you know when a train is coming, I couldn't say whether they were being stupid or just not seeing the trains."

Mr Ashurst suggested a stop sign would help reduce the number of incidents at the crossing.

Current signage is only to give way.

Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry (CCCI) board member Andrew Gorring said the Cemetery Rd statistics were a shock.

Mr Gorring had made it his mission to see action taken to improve the Wambo Crossing, which he believed to be the most dangerous in town.

"Cemetery Rd problems have only recently been brought to our attention and they definitely warrant further investigation," Mr Gorring said.

"The CCCI will investigate the crossing."

Pedestrians caught ignoring railway crossing protection could cop an on the spot fine of $220, and offending motorists could face a $330 penalty and three demerit points.

 

THE STATS

Incidents 2012:

Bidstrup's Rd, Warra- 2

Cemetery Rd, Chinchilla- 2

Wambo St, Chinchilla- 2

Pedestrian access, Chinchilla- 1

Warrego Hwy, Columboola- 1

Warrego Hwy, Miles- 1

Canaga Creek Road, Brigalow- 1

Day St, Tara- 1

Surat Basin Development Rd, Tara- 1

Ehlma Boundary Rd, Brigalow- 1

Dawson Gate Rd, Chinchilla- 1

 

Incidents 2013:

Cemetery Rd, Chinchilla- 7

Wambo St, Chinchilla- 2

Surat Development Rd, Tara- 1

Ehlma Boundary Rd, Brigalow- 1

Topics:  chinchilla, queensland rail


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