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At about 19321 on 30 March 2008, freight train 1MA6Q, travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide, derailed on the Mt Emu Creek bridge near Pura Pura, Victoria. Twenty-one wagons derailed, coming to rest on the track past the bridge abutment. As a result of the derailment, some containers burst spilling their contents onto the rail corridor and the adjacent public road.

The investigation determined that the derailment occurred as a result of a failed rail due to fatigue cracking emanating from an unused bolt-hole.

Rail safety recommendations

[ RO-2008-004-SR-011] [ RO-2008-004-SR-012]

1. The 24-hour clock is used in this report to describe the local time of day, Eastern Daylight Tme (EDT), as particular events occurred.

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General details
Date: 30 March 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1932 EDT  
Location:Pura Pura Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Derailment 
Release date: 19 June 2009  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Train registration: 1MA6Q 
Type of operation: Freight train 
Damage to train: Substantial 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic
Destination:Adelaide, SA
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