Crash victims not satisfied



ONGOING health problems ensure that Sylvia Kilby takes little comfort from the final report into the 2004 Tilt Train derailment near Bundaberg.

"It's not closure for me. I had eight months taken out of my life and I'm still having trouble. I do feel that someone should be held responsible and someone should pay,'' she said.

Ms Kilby, of Beenleigh, suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung as a passsenger in the train crash on November 15 last year.

She watched with interest last night as television news reports detailed that excessive speed and human error were to blame for the derailment.

"We all knew right from the start that it was going too fast,'' Ms Kilby said.

"It makes me angry to think that someone was not doing their job properly and that's what caused all this.

"I think when we go to do our jobs we should do them correctly and we shouldn't be taking short cuts.''

Ms Kilby had not previously sought legal representation but is considering her options now the report has been finalised.

Francie Twaddle of Townsville, who still has aches and pains from the chest injuries she suffered when the train derailed, welcomed the report.

"It's taken a while, but at least I know now what they have found,'' Mrs Twaddle said.

George Pauza, who was one of the first on scene, blamed the railway track for the accident.

"If the track had been straight, the train would not have had to slow down and this accident would not have happened,'' Mr Pauza said.

"(Queensland Rail) is copping the brunt of this and the drivers are being made as scapegoats, but the government is not spending enough on the track.



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