Distracted Drivers to Blame for Rise in Collisions With Melbourne Trains, Authorities Say
Victoria’s Department of Transport released footage on August 12 of cars colliding with Melbourne trains as they warned drivers and pedestrians to take care on tracks.
Authorities released the footage of crashes dating from 2017 to 2019 across the Melbourne metropolitan area as part of Rail Safety Week.
Melbourne’s CBD is home to five of the ten collision hotspots, with 226 motorist-tram collisions in 2018, the department said.
Ninety-seven per cent of the collisions were the fault of motorists, with 70 per cent of the incidents caused by motorists not looking for trams maneuvering on the road, the department said.
“Across the entire tram network, there were more than 1,100 collisions and 500 near misses with motorists in 2018, up from around 970 in 2017,” the department said, adding that the collisions resulted in 20 people suffering serious injuries.
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