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At 1130 on 1 October 2017, 11 wagons derailed on a Pacific National loaded wheat service. At the time the train was heading south on a single line between Narromine and Parkes, near Narwonah (537 km). The train consisted of 2 locomotives and 23 wagons. The 12th to the 22nd wagon in the consist derailed, with 9 derailed wagons on their side and 2 wagons remained upright. The last wagon, the 23rd wagon, did not derail. There were no injuries but there was substantial damage to 9 wagons and track infrastructure.

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 final report.

General details
Date: 01 October 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1130 EDT Investigation phase: Examination and analysis 
Location   (show map):Narwonah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Derailment 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Line operator: ARTC 
Train operator: Pacific National 
Train registration: 8838N 
Type of operation: Freight 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Substantial 
Departure point:Narromine, NSW
Destination:Parkes, NSW
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Last update 14 November 2018