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Train 8868 was nearing the end of its journey from Rockhampton to the Brisbane port of Fisherman Islands when it passed signal FS66 showing a stop aspect. The passing of this signal at stop circumvented the initial phase of the level crossing protection and the train passed through the Pritchard Road level crossing before the boom gates were in the horizontal position.

The driver probably experienced a micro-sleep event approaching the signal and there was no secondary protection measures to guard against such an error in a single driver operation.

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General details
Date: 20 September 2004 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0738 am  
Location:Fisherman Islands Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: SPAD (signal passed at danger) 
Release date: 03 January 2006  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Train registration: 8868 
Type of operation: Freight Train 
Departure point:Rockhampton QLD
Destination:Fishermans Island QLD
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Last update 23 November 2010