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A Pacific National grain train 5422N pulled apart at Parkville (322.370 km) on the Main North line. This was caused by a failure of a wagon’s yoke which allowed the draw gear to disengage from the wagon. The auto-coupler fell onto the track and damaged a number of track sleepers and the doors on the bottom of a number of wagons, releasing a quantity of grain. One axle on the 16th wagon was derailed, travelling approximately 65 m before the train stopped.

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 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: 06 April 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0227 EST Investigation phase: Final Report: Internal Review 
Location   (show map):Parkville Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Expected completion: 2nd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Line operator: ARTC 
Train operator: Pacific National 
Train registration: 5422N 
Type of operation: Freight 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Minor 
Departure point:Werris Creek, NSW
Destination:Carrington Grain, NSW
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Last update 01 March 2018