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.
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|Date:||30 March 2008||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1932 EDT||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Release date:||19 June 2009||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Type of operation||Freight train|
|Damage to train||Substantial|
|Departure point||Melbourne, Vic|