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At approximately 2310 on 28 September 2017, the driver of train 9T90 noticed sparks coming from the rear of the train. After stopping the train near Kimburra to investigate, the driver identified a broken axle on the sixteenth wagon. This was reported to the network control officer in Townsville who then arranged the appropriate recovery response.

There were no injuries or reported sulphuric acid product spill. The track and rolling stock sustained minor damage.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation and is collecting relevant evidence, including metallurgical examination of the failed axle and interviews with directly involved parties. The evidence will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled. This draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.

General details
Date: 28 September 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 2310 EST Investigation phase: Examination and analysis 
Location   (show map):near Kimburra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Derailment 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Line operator: Queensland Rail 
Train operator: Aurizon/Incitec Pivot Limited 
Train registration: 9T90 
Type of operation: Freight Acid Train 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Minor 
Departure point:Townsville, Qld
Destination:Phosphate Hill, Qld
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Last update 14 November 2018