A TRUCK driver who was cleared over a fatal level-crossing smash now wants compensation for his own injuries.
Ivan John Jenkins claims authorities failed to provide adequate safety measures at the crossing in Trawalla, west of Ballarat.
Mr Jenkins' truck was hit by a V/Line passenger train in April 2006, killing Victor Greensill, 68, and Gwenda Glasson, 42, and injuring 40 others, the Herald Sun reports.
Mr Jenkins, 61, has launched Supreme Court action against the State Government, V/Line, and two rail contractors, claiming damages and loss of income.
A statement of claim alleges safety errors were made when the rail line between Ballarat and Ararat was reopened in July 2004.
There was a stop sign at the crossing, but no boom gates, lights or bells. He alleges safety measures were inappropriate for a high-speed passenger service and failed to comply with VicRoads guidelines.
In 2008, a County Court jury acquitted him of charges including dangerous driving causing death.
The crossing is now fitted with boom gates, bells, and flashing warning lights.
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