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At 0516 on Sunday 15 February 2015, the crew of empty Pacific National coal service NB901 reported to the Network Control Centre North at Broadmeadow (Newcastle) that their train had lost the air and come to a stand at Kankool (369.500 km on the Main North Line near Willow Tree). The train was enroute from Greta to Narrabri for loading.

The assistant driver went to investigate the loss of air - finding that the leading 19 wagons had derailed and come to rest in a cutting. The track was severely damaged during the derailment, however there were no reported injuries.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into this accident, which will be undertaken by officers from the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations, under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Investigators have commenced collecting evidence and statements from involved parties, which will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled. The draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.

A final safety report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation. Should a safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 15 February 2015 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0516 ESDT Investigation phase: Final Report: External Review 
Location   (show map):Kankool Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Line operator: Australian Rail Track Corporation 
Train operator: Pacific National 
Train registration: NB901 
Type of operation: Freight 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Substantial 
Departure point:Greta, NSW
Destination:Narrabri, NSW
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Last update 28 February 2018