IPB

Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )

Please do not ask for support here, post in the appropriate forum. Shoutbox can only be used by members only, click here to join

Παρακαλώ μην ζητήστε την υποστήριξη εδώ, παρακαλώ να ρωτήσετε στο σχετικό τμήμα.Το Shoutbox μπορεί μόνο να χρησιμοποιηθεί από τα μέλη μόνο. Χτυπήστε εδώ για να γίνετε μέλη.


 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Burnley Tunnel Accident
Sennitsa
post Mar 23 2007, 06:55 PM
Post #1


GP TRELLI GAVRINA
*****

Group: Root Admin
Posts: 2,736
Joined: 2-November 05
From: Karaiskaki
Member No.: 2


Country: Greece



Police are planning to seize film of the Burnley tunnel inferno that left at least three dead and melted cars at temperatures of more than 1000 degrees.

The footage is now regarded as the key to understanding the tragedy which threw Melbourne traffic in to chaos and threatens to cause major disruption to tonight's commuter peak.

As emergency services continue to clean up from this morning's chaos, it has emerged that a broken-down semi-trailer was likely to have triggered the fiery crash.

At a joint press conference of emergency authorities and Premier Steve Bracks, Police Assistant Commissioner Noel Ashby said the death toll could still rise.

Four cars and three semi-trailers were involved in the crash, with Mr Ashby describing the scene as "catastrophic", after fire engulfed vehicles involved in the accident.

He said police were unable to identify one of the vehicles involved.

"There are vehicles down there that are literally balls of metal," Mr Ashby said.

"It is a very traumatic scene."

Mr Ashby confirmed the horrific chain of events started when one vehicle crashed into the stationary semi-trailer about 9.55am.

Seconds later at least two other vehicles, including another semi-trailer, are believed to have collided with the first truck.

It is understood one and possibly two cars were crushed between the two trucks.

Witnesses said at least two explosions and a fireball followed the first crash, which police said occurred about 1.5km into the 3.6km tunnel.

Sprinklers and exhaust fans were immediately activated to control the fire and suck away potentially toxic smoke, as the evacuation order was given over the tunnel radio and loudspeakers.

Police have confirmed three people are dead, but Mr Ashby said the toll could rise, as investigators attempt to assess the devastation.

Inside the scorched tunnel, what was left of a a white trade ute was crushed sideways against the tunnel's left wall.

In the right lane a sporty silver Subaru come to grief sideways in front of another semi-trailer.

Debris was strewn 100m along the tunnel.

"It will take some time for us to extract details and enter the vehicles," he said.

"We've got three semi-trailers, three heavy vehicles involved that can't be moved simply ."

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks paid his condolences to the families of the victims as he pledged the state coroner would conduct a full investigation.

He also praised the quick and effective response of emergency crews, with the first 45 firefighters on the scene in five minutes, as a well-rehearsed crisis plan was activated.

He said the Burnley tunnel's automatic "deluge system" to control the fire, exhaust smoke and alert drivers of the evacuation via a rebroadcasting system had all worked as planned.

He asked for commuters to be patient, with traffic congestion expected to last well into the Friday afternoon peak period.

About 400 people were evacuated from the tunnel with commuters forced to leave their cars and run from the tunnel on foot.

Many other cars were seen reversing out of the tunnel to avoid the collision, while its understood some fire trucks dodged oncoming traffic to reach the scene.

Hundreds of cars were still in the tunnel, nearly two hours later.

About 1pm today, Mr Ashby said the tunnel would be closed and traffic diversion in place for at least the next 12 hours, prompting fears of massive traffic snarls throughout the day into the evening peak.

Investigators now face the daunting task of assessing possible further deaths in the fireball and crash, and damage to the tunnel.

CityLink spokeswoman Jean Ker Walsh confirmed a vehicle had broken down in the left-hand lane and the accident occurred very quickly, before a CityLink recovery vehicle could respond.

Mr Ashby said police hoped to obtain footage of the incident within 24 hours that would shed more light on what happened.

``We're still at this stage trying to scope if there is even greater loss of life,'' he said.

``It's catastrophic down the tunnel ... it's a major, major incident that has occurred so it will take us some time before we can actually talk about the specifics (of what happened) and ultimately we may have to leave the specifics to the coroner.''

Mr Ashby said the tunnel was expected to remain closed for up to 12 hours while the major collision investigation unit examined the scene and the wreckage was cleared.

Truck driver Ryan Lightfoot, 30, of Dandenong, said there were two explosions before they saw the signal to evacuate.

“There was a huge fireball,” he said.

“I couldn’t see anything because it was just engulfed.”

Mr Lightfoot said it appeared a car had been crushed in the left lane between two other trucks.

This type of accident did not surprise him, he said.

“I drive through here once or twice a day and the speed limit goes from 80km/h to 60km/h to 40km/h and it’s a pain for drivers.”

Mr Lightfoot’s passenger Michael Vond, 21, of Noble Park, said they saw fire and sparks, or some kind of light.

“It was weird,” he said. “And then we were sitting there and bang. Maybe it was a gas cylinder or a gas tank. It was like a bomb went off.”

Some witnesses said the driver of the stopped truck had been changing a tyre.

Police also want to speak to the driver of a white Subaru that was involved in “an altercation” with one of the trucks.

After the rapid-fire sound of collisions followed by the “dull thump” of explosions, Diva Duvarken, 34, of Roxburgh, recalled how he saw “saw smoke and flames ahead of me, in the middle of the tunnel".

“I didn’t have time to get a closer look because we had to evacuate,” a soot-smeared Duvarken said.

On the 3km uphill trek to sunlight and safety, Duvarken joined a pedestrian exodus that survivors described as “surprisingly calm” - a journey where many selflessly helped those unable to move quickly.

Duvarad had only just abandoned his vehicle when he spotted a disabled woman struggling to exit her car.

He helped her into a wheelchair and was soon joined by fellow survivors, who together pushed her through the smoke and fumes to the tunnel’s western end.

Beside them in the gloom, marched numerous women who had packed small children into pushers and strollers to make their escape.

Bill Wishart of Wangaratta was stunned to hear the emergency announcement boom over his radio, and to hear it echo from the public addres system when he rolled down his window.

”The first thing I heard was the announcement,” he said.

“Nobody really knew what was going on. But when we came out we saw smoke billowing from the tunnel.”


Police have closed both the Burnley and Domain tunnels running in and out of the city causing a major traffic snarl.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene with MICA paramedics on-scene.

CityLink spokesman Craig Little said the tunnel’s safety system, including the deluge system, was activated.

The main tunnel was closed to allow for the evacuation of people from the Burnley Tunnel and Transurban’s emergency response plans were immediately activated, he said.

Warren, a motorist, told 3AW he was directly behind the truck before it pulled over.

“All of a sudden I heard this almighty explosion and looked up and thought ‘what the heck was that?’,” he said.

“It was a tyre that had blown out completely. I got a whiff of it straight away.”

Warren said the driver pulled over almost immediately to the left hand lane and put his hazard lights on.

In his rear-view mirror he saw a car approaching very quickly, he said.

John, a motorist, told Southern Cross Broadcasting he was among about 300 other people who walked out of the tunnel, congregating near the entrance.

“I had been sitting there a couple of minutes and the next thing there was an explosion further down in the tunnel and the car shook,” he said.

“About 50 seconds later there was another one. Next thing, we were told to evacuate and leave our keys in the car so I turned around and walked out.”

Gabrielle said it was frightening.

“I knew we were pretty near the middle of the tunnel and I didn’t how we were going to get out. I thought things were going to catch fire around us,” she said.

“(But) we got out. I got my boy out with a pram."

Another driver, Matthew, told 3AW he witnessed cars and emergency services responding to the crash.

“There were cars actually reversing back up the tunnel as I was driving over the top of it," he said.

"I could see a lot of smoke.

Because traffic had been diverted onto King's Way, this area was a nightmare, he said.

Cliff, who was about 300 metres from the tunnel entrance when CityLink made their announcement, said the traffic came to a standstill slowly and in an orderly fashion.

Batham, who told 3AW he was stuck close to the bottom of the Westgate Freeway, said traffic had barely moved and he suggested people exited at Todd or Footscray roads to avoid bank ups.

It is very tragic what happened this morning. Condolences to the families of the people who died. The police are investigating what happened in the Burnley Tunnel this morning. There could possibly be more dead people.

How safe are tunnels? I won't be driving through the tunnel until the investigation gives the cause of the explosions.


--------------------
IPB Image

IPB Image

08/02/1981 ΑΔΕΡΦΙΑ ΖΕΙΤΕ ΕΣΕΙΣ ΜΑΣ ΟΔΗΓΕΙΤΕ
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Louky
post Mar 26 2007, 12:19 PM
Post #2


Proud Greek
****

Group: Members
Posts: 1,373
Joined: 15-November 05
From: Sydney
Member No.: 17


Country: Greece



this is sad.

the incident in the tunnel caused a 7 car pile up in obe of melbourne artery roads.

3 people have been confirmed dead - one of the people killed in the tunnel disaster was a cycling olympian Damian McDonald, he won gold at the Commonwealth games 1994 and represented Asutralia at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. It was only months ago where he became a father for the first time, with his first child.

Few were taken to hospital.

A huge fireball erupted involving 4 cars and 3 trucks. black smoke escaped from the smoke stacks around teh area of the accident.

The cause of it is still unknown but computer generated images claim that a car went to over take a car in the left lane and while it over took a truck came in from behind to cause and create further damage.

This triggers and sparks the attention of the inquiry of Sydney Lane Cove Tunnel being opened on March 25, around 48 hours after the tragic melbourne tunnel disaster.

The 3.4 km long burnley tunnel passes under the yarra river by standing the city centre.

the flames reached teh roof of the tunnel.

over 80,000 cars use the Burnley tunnel on a daily basis.

The tunnel will remin closed for further investigation and enquiry.

Motorists will be given detours until the tunnel re-opens.

This incident is scary.

IMO there should be a separate speed limit for trucks for tunnel use and also trucks in tunnels must use left lane only. no overtaking permitted for trucks.


--------------------






Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Louky
post Apr 20 2007, 09:09 AM
Post #3


Proud Greek
****

Group: Members
Posts: 1,373
Joined: 15-November 05
From: Sydney
Member No.: 17


Country: Greece



LANE changes will be banned in all of Melbourne's tunnels following last month's Burnley Tunnel crash which killed three people

Emergency barriers would also be installed at the entrances of the city's four tunnels in the event of a crash, Premier Steve Bracks said today.

Motorists caught changing lanes would receive three demerit points and face a $182 fine.

Learner drivers would be tested on safe driving in tunnels.

Mr Bracks said these and other measures would be introduced over the next 12 months.

"The accident on March 23 in the Burnley Tunnel that took the lives of three people was a terrible tragedy," Mr Bracks said.


Good to see some improvement in tunnel safety


--------------------






Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
JIMMYJUMP
post Apr 23 2007, 06:59 PM
Post #4


GP HOOLIGAN
******

Group: Root Admin
Posts: 6,932
Joined: 3-November 05
From: Hunting SR
Member No.: 3


Country: Greece



QUOTE(Louky @ Apr 20 2007, 09:09 AM) [snapback]91245[/snapback]

LANE changes will be banned in all of Melbourne's tunnels following last month's Burnley Tunnel crash which killed three people

Emergency barriers would also be installed at the entrances of the city's four tunnels in the event of a crash, Premier Steve Bracks said today.

Motorists caught changing lanes would receive three demerit points and face a $182 fine.

Learner drivers would be tested on safe driving in tunnels.

Mr Bracks said these and other measures would be introduced over the next 12 months.

"The accident on March 23 in the Burnley Tunnel that took the lives of three people was a terrible tragedy," Mr Bracks said.


Good to see some improvement in tunnel safety



That is so fucken stupid. In a tunnel, its doesnt rain, and its well lit.

Its more dangerous to change lanes on a road that is subject to

1) rain
2) darkness
3) glare.

More malakia solutions from malakes


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Louky
post Jun 1 2007, 12:02 PM
Post #5


Proud Greek
****

Group: Members
Posts: 1,373
Joined: 15-November 05
From: Sydney
Member No.: 17


Country: Greece



Just weeks after the Burnley Tunnel Accident, there was a report on Tunnel safety with trucks.

Did anyone see that report on tunnel saefty on the news? This reporter went to do an investigation on tunnel safety and while filming for the report the unexpected had occured! you wont believe your eyes!!


for those who missed it here it is:
Tunnel Safety Report

This is interesting stuff.

The only thing that saved this driver was the car he was driving.


--------------------






Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Google Bot
post
Post #


Google Ads









Go to the top of the page
 
Quote Post

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 



RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 12th December 2019 - 12:45 AM

Collapse

> Affiliates [ View All | Link-us | Apply ]

Blue and White Army Hightekhosting Greek Nationalist Serb Hellenic forums Greek Military Hellas Macedonian.com.au Ν.1 BLOG ΤΗΣ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗΣ Ιστόχωρος του Πολιτιστικού Συλλόγου &quo Macedonia Greece Blogspot History of Macedonia