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At about 1721 on Wednesday 4 January 2006, the 41st wagon of Pacific National freight train 3AB6 derailed at a track misalignment at Yerong Creek, New South Wales. Eight wagons following the 41st wagon then derailed. There were no injuries. The track sustained significant damage and was closed for 48 hours.

The investigation found that the most likely cause of the derailment was a track misalignment which was caused by a combination of several factors any one of which may not have resulted in the derailment in its own right.

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General details
Date: 04 January 2006 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1721  
Location:Yerong Creek Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Derailment 
Release date: 29 January 2008  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Train registration: 3AB6 
Type of operation: Freight 
Damage to train: Substantial 
Departure point:Adelaide SA
Destination:Brisbane QLD
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