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Wyndham’s mayor has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the state government after a second terrifying accident at a deadly rail crossing in five days.
Two cars collided on the Cherry Street crossing during this morning’s peak, leaving one trapped under a descending boom gate.
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Railway staff managed to alert the drivers of approaching trains but the close call caused chaos on Werribee’s already congested roads, and forced delays and cancellations on the Werribee and Geelong lines.
No-one was injured but the accident comes less than five days after a freight train slammed into a car at the notorious crossing, killing a 65-year-old woman in the car and injuring her daughter-in-law.
Police believe last Friday’s collision happened after the car was trapped across the tracks by a vehicle that had broken down in front.
The Cherry Street crossing is considered to be one of the most deadly in the state, with multiple roundabouts, several sets of traffic lights and its proximity to Werribee’s main street all contributing to the problem.
The crossing is also unusually wide because it caters for three separate railway lines, and is extraordinarily busy because it’s one of only three crossings where cars can move from one side of the burgeoning city to the other.
But despite it’s shocking history the Baillieu government has ignored calls for it to be redesigned or scrapped, instead allocating money to relatively safe crossings in Liberal-held seats in Melbourne’s east.
Wyndham mayor KIM McALINEY says the ongoing danger, and the government’s refusal to fix it, is frustrating:
Picture: Rescue workers clear the wreckage after last Friday’s fatal smash at Werribee’s killer rail crossing (Seven News)