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Summary

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), at the request of the Queensland Government, has commenced an investigation into the passenger train accident at Cleveland Station in Brisbane on 31 January 2013.

The accident occurred when a QR passenger train over-ran the Cleveland station platform colliding with the end-of-line buffer-stop, the platform and the station building. There were 15 people on board the train (including the driver and a guard) while four people were on the platform and in the station building. A number of people were treated for minor injuries and transported to hospital for further examination.

 

Update 1 March 2013

The ATSB’s Cleveland investigation team continues to work hard gathering and analysing a very large amount of information associated with the accident.  

A preliminary factual report on this accident will be released within ten days.

 

Update 14 February 2013

As part of its on-going investigation, the ATSB conducted a series of tests last night on a Queensland Rail passenger train similar to the train involved in the Cleveland station accident.
 
The ATSB investigation team included the Investigator in Charge and recorded data specialists.
 
The testing focused on the train braking system and its performance under a range of track conditions. The raw data obtained from the testing is currently being analysed by the investigation team. If any safety issues are identified from that analysis, the ATSB will immediately bring it to the attention of QR.
 
A preliminary factual report on this accident will be available within two weeks.

 

Update 12 February 2013

The ATSB investigation team, comprising six senior investigators, have interviewed a range of critical witnesses including the train driver, guard, passengers and other QR train drivers as relevant. They have completed the download of the train’s data loggers and are in the process of analysing this information. Inspections on the train are continuing with a focus on the braking system and a braking test on a similar train will be conducted in the coming days. The rail line leading into Cleveland Station has been inspected and scanned using laser equipment. The team continues to liaise with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail to gather all relevant evidence.

The ATSB expects to release a preliminary factual report within a month of the accident.

More information will be made available as it comes to hand.

  

Update 5 February 2013

The ATSB investigation team, comprising five senior investigators, have interviewed the train driver and guard. They will complete the download of the train’s data loggers and commence the inspection and testing of the train’s brake system in a test facility today. The team will continue to liaise with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail to gather all relevant evidence and is also making contact with other witnesses to arrange interviews before the end of the week.  

The ATSB expects to release a preliminary factual report within a month.

More information will be made available as it comes to hand.

 
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