Rail safety investigations & reports

Level Crossing collision between truck and passenger train at Phalps Road, Larpent, Victoria on 13 July 2016

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


At about 1544, a semi-trailer travelling south along Phalps Road, Larpent, Victoria collided with a passenger train travelling from Southern Cross Station, Melbourne to Warrnambool, Victoria. The train was carrying 99 passengers at the time of the incident. The locomotive and the four passenger cars derailed and the truck was heavily damaged in the collision. The level crossing was controlled by stop signs. The truck driver, train driver, conductor and 18 passengers were injured in the incident.

The Office of the Chief Investigator Transport Safety (Vic) is investigating this occurrence under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 13 July 2016   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1544 EST   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Larpent   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Victoria    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Train details

Train details
Line operator V/Line Pty Ltd  
Train operator V/Line Pty Ltd  
Train registration 8753  
Type of operation Passenger  
Sector Passenger - regional  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Southern Cross Station, Vic.  
Destination Warrnambool, Vic.  
Last update 21 March 2019