The trucking company involved in a crash with a train at Pirron Yallock last year is taking legal action against V-Line.
Mahonys Transport Services is suing V-Line citing the condition of the Phalps Road level crossing for contributing to the crash in July last year which derailed the Warrnambool-bound passenger train.
A magistrate in April found the truck driver not at fault for the crash, with police withdrawing careless driving charges against him, and magistrate Ann McGarvie dubbed the crash a “pure accident”.
The driver had serious injuries following the crash and 18 train passengers sustained minor injuries.
The truck company lodged a writ with the Supreme Court on September 29 alleging that V-Line was aware the crossing was dangerous but failed to complete safety upgrades.
The company says it has suffered a loss of $360,000 with damages to the prime mover and its trailer.
The State Government had planned to upgrade the level crossing before the crash and fast-tracked the work installing boom gates, lights and bells and sealing the road on either side of the crossing after the incident.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.