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At about 00401 on Sunday 10 June 2007, westbound freight train 6MP9 derailed at the 716.7 km mark2 near Bates in SA.

There were no injuries as a result of the derailment, however, there was significant damage to the track and rollingstock. Of 10 wagons that separated from the train, four overturned.

The investigation found that a broken rail, emanating from a transverse rail defect, had probably caused the derailment.


1 The 24-hour clock is used in this report to describe the local time of day, Central Standard Time (CST).

2 Distance in kilometres from a track reference point located at Coonamia in SA.

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General details
Date: 10 June 2007 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0040 CST  
Location:near Bates Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Derailment 
Release date: 22 February 2008  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
 
Train details
Train registration: Train 6MP9 
Type of operation: Freight Train 
Damage to train: Substantial 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic
Destination:Perth, WA

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Last update 23 November 2010