Rail safety investigations & reports

Signal ME45 passed at danger resulting in a near-miss between suburban passenger trains TP43 and TR50 at Bowen Hills, Queensland on 10 January 2018

Investigation number:
RO-2018-002
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a signal passed at danger (SPAD) rail occurrence that occurred near Bowen Hills station in Brisbane, Queensland on 10 January 2018.

Suburban passenger train, designation TP43, exceeded its limit of authority by passing signal ME45 at danger, and continued on as the driver at the controls was unaware of the occurrence. At this point there was an imminent risk of a collision, as train TP43 was travelling directly into the path of suburban train TR50.

The train controller, who was alerted to the SPAD by the activation of a systems warning alarm, was able to broadcast an emergency call to the driver of train TP43, who subsequently stopped the train prior to the point of conflict. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will be collecting evidential material to determine the safety factors which contributed to the SPAD occurrence.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical 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: 10 January 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1038 EST   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bowen Hills   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland    
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Incident  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Train 1 details

Train 1 details
Line operator Queensland Rail  
Train operator Queensland Rail  
Train registration TP43  
Type of operation Suburban passenger service  
Sector Passenger - metropolitan  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Varsity Lakes Station, Qld  
Destination Brisbane Airport, Qld  

Train 2 details

Train 2 details
Line operator Queensland Rail  
Train operator Queensland Rail  
Train registration TR50  
Type of operation Suburban passenger service  
Sector Passenger - metropolitan  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Domestic Airport, Qld  
Destination Roma Street Station, Qld  
Last update 14 January 2019