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Seventy-three years ago, on Saturday 8 May 1943, twentyfive people died when a wooden-bodied bus collided with a steam train at a level crossing in Wodonga. It was Australia’s worst roadrail crash. Mrs Gwenneth Quinn claimed damages of 3,000 pounds for the death of her husband against the owner of the bus company, claiming the collision was due to the negligence of the defendant or his employees.

Our Firm, NODCO, acted for the owner of the bus company we briefed JV Barry KC to appear. It was a landmark decision in the development of the law of negligence.