Australian Train Crash Survivors Looking for Compensation
The survivors of a train crash last November are not receiving refunds on their tickets unlike the survivors of a more recent crash. On November 27 2008 a Tilt Train derailed while on its journey from Brisbane to Cairns killing two drivers and injuring 9 passengers. The 81 passengers did not receive any compensation for their $310.20 ticket on the claim that the trip was 95% over. Similarly on New Years Day another Tilt Train named the Sunlander crashed and all 116 passengers were immediately refunded or offered a free trip, although many opted for the refund.
"The major difference is that 95 per cent of the Tilt Train journey was complete, whereas the Sunlander had only just started its journey," Mr Scurrah said.
"The main concern we had was for the welfare of our passengers and there was no decision made on a financial basis."
Tilt Train did however pay for buses to pick up passengers from the crash site and pay for hotels and medical service if it was needed.