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Derailment of freight train 4DA2 near Cadney Park, South Australia, 25 November 2010

Investigation number:
RO-2010-012
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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At about 0618 on Thursday 25 November 2010, freight train (4DA2) operated by FreightLink Pty Ltd derailed on the Central-Australia Railway line, near the 826 km mark, about 5 km south of Cadney Park in South Australia.

There were no injuries as a result of the derailment but there was significant damage to rolling-stock and about 300 m of track required replacement.

The investigation determined that a severe weather event, very strong winds associated with thunderstorm activity, were of a sufficient magnitude to initiate the rollover and subsequent derailment of a group of lightly loaded double-stacked container wagons.

A number of minor safety issues were identified as a result of the investigation and have been brought to the attention of Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd (GWA). These issues primarily relate to the wind effect on lightly loaded/high vehicles (particularly double-stacked containers) and the identification of and response to severe weather events.

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At about 0618 on Thursday 25 November 2010, freight train 4DA2, operated by FreightLink Pty Ltd, derailed on the Central Australian Railway line just south of Cadney Park in South Australia. There were no injuries as a result of the derailment but there was significant damage to rolling stock and about 300 m of track required renewal.

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General details
Date: 25 November 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0618 AEDT    
Location   (show map): near Cadney Park   Investigation level: Complex  
State: South Australia    
Release date: 20 December 2011    
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Train registration Train 4DA2  
Type of operation Freight train  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Darwin, NT  
Destination Adelaide, SA  
Last update 14 November 2018