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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.

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