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Vic train crash site gets boom gates

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016

Boom gates and flashing lights have been installed at the site of a Victorian train derailment that saw 19 injured.

It's been a little more than one month since a truck collided with a V/Line train carrying 99 passengers at a level crossing in Pirron Yallock, in regional Victoria, with the level crossing still operating as a "passive crossing" with no boom gates.

Now, after promising to have the site upgraded by the end of the year, the state government has fitted the crossing with warning lights, bells and boom gates.

Before the crash, upgrades to the site were already earmarked but were delayed because of issues getting power to the site.

The level crossing has had a number of near misses even after the boom gates have been installed, forcing the government to issue a caution to all drivers.

"Just yesterday, a V/Line train driver reported a near hit with a truck at Phalps Road," Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney said in a statement.

"The driver ignored the warning signs and drove around the active boom gates."

"We are asking pedestrians and motorists to respect all warning signs and to never cross the tracks when a train is approaching."

Thirteen road crossings and five pedestrian crossings will be upgraded this financial year in Victoria, according to the state government.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is still investigating the Pirron Yallock crash and expects to release its findings within 12 months.

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