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Investigation 97-103
Electic Multiple Unit 3656, collision with motor vehicle, Trentham, 22 March 1997
On Saturday, 22 March 1997, at approximately 1848 hours Train 3656, a northbound suburban electric multiple unit service, collided with a car on Sutherland Avenue level crossing, Trentham. The three occupants of the car suffered minor injuries. The level crossing protection was not activated until the train was almost on the crossing.

The cause of the incident was the failure of Train 3656 to stop at a signal displaying a red aspect.

Safety issues identified were the locomotive engineer's failure to observe and act on the signal indications, the pattern of signal indications for up trains stopping at Heretaunga, and the risk of collision with road vehicles arising from signals sited close to protected level crossing being passed at danger.

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