Preliminary Report Release 9 October 2011

At about 0145 on Saturday 28 May 2011, intermodal freight train 5MP9 was travelling from Melbourne to Perth when it experienced a catastrophic failure of a locomotive wheel at about the 849.700track kilometre mark near Fisher, South Australia. There were no injuries. The locomotive did not derail but separated wheel fragments damaged the locomotive traction motor and associated components. The single-line track incurred four rail breaks and broken sleepers over a distance of about 1 km.