At 0400 on 19 January 2016 an empty Pacific National coal train (WG713) derailed the leading bogie of the 67th wagon in a train of 94 wagons. The derailment occurred on the single line near the town of Denman, NSW. The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) had previously placed a 20 km/h speed restriction at the location. The bogie continued in a derailed state for about 750 m until the wheels of the bogie struck the metal plates of Rosemount Road level crossing and rerailed. The crew of WG713 remained unaware of the incident and continued. However, failed signalling equipment caused by the derailment alerted ARTC train control. On inspection, evidence of a derailment was discovered. WG713, now approaching Bylong about 50 km further up the track was stopped until it could be inspected.
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 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.