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61-year-old man in a serious condition after being hit by LRV

Lachlan Roberts 12 August 2019 125

A pedestrian has been hit by a light rail vehicle. Photos: Region Media. 

A 61-year-old man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after he was hit by a light rail vehicle on the corner of Barry Drive and Northbourne Avenue on Monday morning (12 August).

Around 9.10am, the male pedestrian was struck by a northbound light rail vehicle at the intersection of Barry Drive and Northbourne Avenue, Turner.

ACT Policing members, along with ACT Ambulance Service paramedics, ACT Fire & Rescue members and Canberra Metro investigators attended the scene.

The patient was treated at the scene and transported to hospital in a serious condition.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) is examining the circumstances surrounding the collision. CCTV footage from the light rail vehicle has been provided to police, and a number of witnesses were spoken to at the scene.

Light rail services have been impacted.

Police would like to remind drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to take care around the light rail corridor. Don’t cross light rail tracks unless using a designated crossing, and take care just as you would when crossing a road.

The incident occurred on the day Canberra Metro and the ACT Government launched their Rail Safety Week campaign.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6427063. Information can be provided anonymously.

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10:14 am 12 Aug 19

This was bound to happen eventually and while I feel sorry for the individual he was obviously standing in the wrong place cause it's not like the tram jumped up and hit him.

10:30 am 12 Aug 19

I travelled from Dickson to the city at 7.30 last night and witnessed some drug affected idiot threaten to kill a Transport Canberra staff member. Security were called but didn’t attend. It would be interesting to know what arrangements Transport Canberra has to protect staff and public safety?

    11:12 am 12 Aug 19

    Dominic O'Sullivan how'd you know he was "drug affected"?

    1:12 pm 12 Aug 19

    Dominic O'Sullivan I was a Melbourne team conductor in the 1970s. The crazy people were the worst part of the job. Last tram to StKilda beach was where you got a few of the crazies. I’d expect the Canberra crazies to be a lot more upmarket.

    1:16 pm 12 Aug 19

    My concern was that there was no obvious attempt by Transport Canberra to assist the staff members, to whom the offender and his companion seemed well known.

    1:27 pm 13 Aug 19

    Ann Chaplin no mate, Canberra crazies are as violent and low class as everywhere else... sadly.

10:32 am 12 Aug 19

Finally, some proper reporting. Not calling it a tram for once. It is light rail.

    12:39 pm 12 Aug 19

    Russell Nankervis : And the difference is ........??

    4:44 pm 12 Aug 19

    Trams share the road with cars. LRVs have dedicated corridors.

    6:12 pm 12 Aug 19

    Russell Nankervis : WOW! I have been enlightened! But will still call them trams just like the Glenelg tram in Adelaide which has stretches of dedicated track and stretches that it shares with other traffic! If that makes me ignorant, so be it!

    10:47 pm 12 Aug 19

    Russell Nankervis but the vehicles are the same. Either or when referring to the vehicle is correct.

    5:12 pm 14 Aug 19

    Russell Nankervis so what operates the 96 and 109 in Melbourne. Are they LRV’s or trams? Noting that those lines are part light rail and part tramway.

10:33 am 12 Aug 19

It was bound to happen. I’m surprised it took this long.

10:33 am 12 Aug 19

The way I see it Canberra is Not design to have something like this. You just got put something in like this and Expect everyone to get Used to it straight away not going to happen

10:34 am 12 Aug 19

Is this foto of modern-day Northbourne Ave? It's soo ugly compared to the nature strip of old!! I suppose it's inevitable progress and might look OK in a few years' time once the trees grow back. I remember the red gums in the 70s, and the willow gums in the 80s.

    1:39 pm 12 Aug 19

    The red gums and willow gums are river trees. Were not suited to a highway medium strip. The new trees will start dropping branches in a few years as well. They don't call them Crackly Gum for nothing.

    1:51 pm 12 Aug 19

    Mark Oldrey yep that's the new "improved" Northbourne Ave.

    2:59 pm 12 Aug 19

    It's called brittle gum because it's no good for timber. It's no more predisposed to dropping limbs than other eucalyptus species.

    6:23 pm 13 Aug 19

    Malcolm Roxburgh ha, or Brittle Gum! Aren't they already along the edge of Northbourne, Euc. mannifera?

    Yes, the previous gums were River Peppermints, Euc. elata, and before that Blakeley's Red Gum.

    Probably better off with something deciduous... Chinese tallow, crepe myrtle, Chinese pistacio etc...colourful and medium sized.

Grail 10:35 am 12 Aug 19

Watch as the light rail detractors try to blame this on light rail, instead of the pedestrian ignoring the “don’t walk” signals.

Light rail is fast and quiet, people. You need to at least look at the pedestrian signals before crossing. If you aren’t hit by a LRV this year, you will be walking in front of electric cars next year.

Yes, looking at the signals and glancing up the road/rails to check for red light runners or emergency vehicles takes tour eyes off the screen. But you can deal with that by pausing playback for a few seconds while crossing the road.

    Kent Street 11:47 am 12 Aug 19

    yes, I’m a “light rail detractor” but my overwhelming feelings at the moment are for the well-being of the victim as well as for the driver and witnesses.
    Every day I see pedestrians running across civic streets and rail lines when the lights are against them. I really hope I’m wrong, but there will be more of this unless pedestrians modify their behaviour.

    Malcolm Roxburgh 1:33 pm 12 Aug 19

    If the tram wasn’t there it wouldn’t hit him. Great waste of money!

    JC 7:32 pm 13 Aug 19

    No but could have been a bus.

    Capital Retro 11:12 am 15 Aug 19

    Not on the tram tracks.

    Grimm 2:50 pm 12 Aug 19

    It’s the drivers fault. He needs to slow down!

    Or, is that only the case for cars?

    noid 4:05 pm 12 Aug 19

    Well you would have to admit if we didn’t have a train he wouldn’t have been hit by one 🙂

11:00 am 12 Aug 19

And are we surprised...? Not.

11:03 am 12 Aug 19

Is the light rail going again yet?

11:09 am 12 Aug 19

And rail safety awareness started this week.... 🤦‍♀️ here folks... what not to do.... don't just jump out in front of the LRV which is bright red.... or any transportation actually......

11:20 am 12 Aug 19

Thanks for keeping us in the loop, riotACT, now that we can’t read the Canberra Times on Facebook without subscribing. I’ll bet your readership is growing 👍👍👍

Capital Retro 11:21 am 12 Aug 19

“The incident occurred on the day Canberra Metro and the ACT Government launched their Rail Safety Week campaign.”

What a PR disaster. Let’s now wait for the spin.

    brucewantstobecool 10:06 pm 12 Aug 19

    I’d argue the opposite – it’s unfortunately the perfect example for why people need to be careful and attentive when walking across the rail line.

    Capital Retro 9:05 am 13 Aug 19

    I’ll take that as spin.

    So, we need more volunteers for “tram crash dummies” to make the campaign more successful?

    JC 7:31 pm 13 Aug 19

    Spin is better than faux rage. As I said above something like this was always inevitable and is not the fault of light rail or government no matter which way you want to spin an argument.

    Capital Retro 11:12 am 15 Aug 19

    I haven’t seen anything more about the launch of the Rail Safely Week campaign.

    Was it derailed by this incident?

11:25 am 12 Aug 19

Hope the person is ok..but doesn't sound good.....:(

11:37 am 12 Aug 19

Surprised those things don't have some sort of pedestrian airbag device.

12:27 pm 12 Aug 19

I knew it was going to happen eventually :(

12:45 pm 12 Aug 19

Can anyone advise if Acton buses are now being used for that section?

12:53 pm 12 Aug 19

If only there was some way for that pedestrian to see that big red shiny train, and be able to predict its likely path! Hopefully someone develops the technology soon to avoid these horrible man made monsters surprise attacking innocent members of the public. It reminds me of a lion stalking its helpless prey in the savanna. Oh how I hope Alistair Coe & Co come out to remind us all of the pitfalls of these insidious inventions. A bus would never do this!

    12:57 pm 12 Aug 19

    Chris Cross or he could look UP from his phone when crossing the road 🤦‍♀️

    12:58 pm 12 Aug 19

    Casey don't be ridiculous! You mean, be an active participant in his own safety and welfare? Surely you're joking?!?

    1:19 pm 12 Aug 19

    I guess blatant sarcasm isn't so obvious to some people, Chris. 😂

    At least if it were a bus, though, the next bus on the timetable could still run and go around the problem area

    1:55 pm 12 Aug 19

    Chris Bennett We need lights and sirens on these beasts! And full fencing (electrified of course) along both sides of the track. And a clever slogan to protect the train line from being crossed illegally. "Stop The Flogs" or "Make Canberra Safe Again" sound good! An election IS coming after all ;).

    2:10 pm 12 Aug 19

    "Don't Fail with Light Rail"

    2:57 pm 12 Aug 19

    Chris Bennett Chris is in my neighbourhood and I’m well aware of his sense of humour- the sarcasm did not go unnoticed. But thankyou for pointing it to anyone else who might be unsure.

    4:44 pm 12 Aug 19

    Casey the🤦‍♀️ in your above message can be construed both ways. Face palm to the pedestrian for not looking where he's going, or face palm to me for sarcastically blaming the train 🤪. Like my sense of humour, correct interpretation in FB posts can be difficult to work out at times. Like Chris I was a little unsure on what you were saying.... but all good, thanks for clarifying 👍.

    6:41 pm 12 Aug 19

    Chris Cross Bahaha my bad. Was definitely directed at the pedestrian in this instance.

    7:16 pm 12 Aug 19

    My point was: 1) I find your sarcasm to be hilarious. And

    2) given that, it still would have been quicker to remedy if it were a bus involved the incident, because buses aren't bound by rails and they can go around a police investigation

    7:24 pm 12 Aug 19

    Chris Bennett which still occurred in this instance if I’m not mistaken.

    11:32 pm 12 Aug 19

    Chris Cross but why, l thought the Canberra Liberals were looking out for us all?

Spiral 1:15 pm 12 Aug 19

The speed limit for cars in some areas has been reduced from 60kph to 50 and then to 40 with talk about going to 30.

This has been to reduce injuries to unobservant pedestrians who step in front of cars.

The light rail is much heavier and presumably takes longer to stop.

Following the same logic, it should be reduced to perhaps 10 or 5kph in some places to protect unobservant pedestrians.

Of course I’m sure the government will not consider doing so. When a pedestrian steps in front of a car, the government penalizes car drivers. When the same thing happens with the light rail the government wouldn’t dream of penalizing their beloved light rail.

1:25 pm 12 Aug 19

Stop hitting people Simon

2:14 pm 12 Aug 19

Light rail??? What a waste of public funds.

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