The Anonymous Widower

Iceland Crash: Three British People Including Child Killed

The title of this post is the same as this article on the BBC.

I’ve been to Iceland and thoroughly enjoyed it.

But I did all the exploring in organised tour parties, as I was advised by the tour company, that this was safer. Although, they didn’t know I couldn’t drive!

We went everywhere in large 4×4 vehicles.

So was the party involved in the tragedy in a suitable vehicle?

December 28, 2018 Posted by | Transport, World | , | Leave a comment

What A Plonker!

Of all the stupid road accidents that happen every year, yesterday’s one in Kent must rank as the most stupid.

This article on the BBC, which is entitled M20 motorway shut after lorry crash causes bridge collapse, gives full details.

There will be a lot of questions asked about this digger and as Dellboy would say, its right plonker of a driver.

  • Why didn’t the truck and the digger have a specialist escort?
  • Did the driver understand metres and/or feet and inches?
  • What is the name of the company responsible, so that I can sue for a ruined holiday, spent camping on the M20?

At least the driver didn’t kill or serious hurt anybody, although it must have been a close run think for the motorcyclist.

A couple of weeks ago, I was seriously delayed because of another plonker, who crashed with a train on a level crossing at Waterbeach.

I think we could bring in a law, which meant that everybody, who is delayed by anything like this incident can contact a central insurance number or web site, where you can easily add your claim to the pile.

After all if my train is late, I can get a refund and have been able to for years. Recently, I was travelling  on a Cheap Day Single ticket from Manchester to London, which arrived in London about two hours late, due to an unspecified problem. I filled in a form on the Virgin web site, when I got home and I had my compensation in a week or so.

The insurance companies have the power to knock some sense firmly into the minds of these idiots, who endanger everyone’s lives.

 

August 28, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

The US Has 2,000 Level Crossing Accidents A Year

This is a chilling statistic, which is stated in this article on the BBC, about this morning’s train crash in California. As 250 of these accidents involve fatalities they are a major tragedy and illustrate how level crossings should be eliminated or at least made safer.

In this country we still have more than 6,300 and get quite a few accidents. At least Network Rail is trying to cut the risk in several ways.

Having ridden in the cab of a High Speed Train, I’ve had a unique view of the dangers as we sped to Inverness, although nothing untoward happened. But as level crossings came into view, you kept your eyes peeled for something that might happen.

February 25, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

This Won’t Happen To Me!

This story is one of those, where you wonder how the driver managed to wreck the house opposite. As usual they seem to be claiming the automatic transmission malfunctioned. They rarely do! But as the old joke says, the nut behind the steering wheel is the most dangerous part of a car.

I doubt it’ll happen to me on either side, as I don’t drive and there is no house with a sloping driveway opposite. To make it even more difficult for a kamikaze driver, my kitchen is at the back on the first floor. I suppose they could go down the mews and jump the car over the house at the back of my garden.

It doesn’t give in the article, any details on the driver, but it does seem to me, that whatever happens, they should be made to take a thorough test before driving again.  Next time their automatic transmission mulfunctions, a child could be the victim.

The Royston Crow gives more detyails here. Isn’t that a wonderful name for a local paper!

January 30, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Mugged In My Own Shower Room

Ever since I moved into this house, I’ve moaned about the bathrooms. The en-suite shower room of my bedroom has got a lot of my anger, as every other time I clean my teeth, I bump my head on the cabinet above the basin.

Last night, as I went to bed, the awful cabinet bit back. I’d needed a new toilet roll and as one does, I keep them in the bathroom cabinet.  But the catch is not the most reliable of devices and as I rose from the toilet, the door caught me on the head.

It only managed to extract a very small spot of blood.

My head has a very thick skull, but this morning, I do have a wound and a small amount of pain there.

It could have been a lot worse.

It’s another piece of bad workmanship and/or design to blame on Jerry.

I wonder if RIBA have a worst building prize.

December 20, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Damage To The Overground

Judging by these pictures I took, the train crash on the 15th caused quite a bit of damage.

You do wonder what would have happened if the container had fallen into the park below during the day. Luckily the wall held it on the track. But it did happen at three in the morning.

Let’s hope this accident is not a foretaste of the future, when a lot more freight trains from London Gateway will be using the North London Line.

There doesn’t seem to be any news about when the line will reopen.

October 18, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

An Accident On A Bus

I’ve travelled on public transport for something like sixty years and I’d never been involved in any accident until  yesterday.

I was on a 6 bus, coming back from the Truscott Arms, when it got hit by a skip lorry.

Does this show that public transport is actually rather safe, as one non-injury accident in sixty years doesn’t seem bad odds.

July 16, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments

Is It Potters Bar All Over Again?

When I first read the reports of the French train crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge, it struck me there were some similarities between the crash that happened at Potters Bar in the UK in 2002.

In that accident faulty points were the cause of the train coming off the track just before Potters Bar station, with one coach getting wedged on the platform.

Now this morning the BBC is carrying a report, which says that in France, there are reports saying that a loose rail connector caused the crash.

Poor track checking and maintenance was definitely a cause of the crash at Potter Bar and it is stated in the BBC report, that this could be the cause in France. The BBC quotes this from the respected French newspaper; Le Figaro.

Bertille Bayart in Le Figaro says the accident, which comes days after the government announced investments in the railways, will spark controversy over infrastructure that is “characterised by ‘serious degradation’, in the words of the transport minister”.

I think the moral is that you cut down on checking and maintenance on the railways at your peril.

But just as at Potters Bar, the French train managed to protect a lot of the passengers despite the extremely violent crash. Trains are a lot stronger than you might think.

July 13, 2013 Posted by | News, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

It’s Not Just Cyclists Who Are In Danger

This article in the Standard tonight, says that the police and other government agencies are working together to deal with the problems of HGVs and the cyclists they hit. Here’s the introduction.

A crackdown on unsafe lorries and rogue drivers was launched in London today in a bid to halt the number of cyclists being killed and seriously injured.

Police began conducting “stop and search” patrols after the Government and Transport for London agreed that action was needed to halt the death toll.

But it’s not just cyclists, who are in danger from some of these trucks and their drivers.

As I walked back from the bus stop round the corner tonight, a skip lorry turned left in front of me and crossed my path very closely.  The driver had taken the corner very much in a hurry, but at least he’d used his turn indicators, otherwise I might have not been able to ascertain his intentions.

I am always very careful at the junction, as since I have moved here, there have been a couple of serious accidents, one of which resulted in the death of a young girl.

April 26, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Bad Case Of Oops On Regent Street

You occasionally see post boxes knocked over by an accident.

A Bad Case Of Oops On Regent Street

A Bad Case Of Oops On Regent Street

But this is the first time, I can remember seeing a double one on the skew.

April 18, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment