Update

Summary

Updated: 2 July 2018

The investigation into the collision of Waratah passenger train A42 with a buffer stop at Richmond Station, NSW on 22 January 2018 is continuing.

The New South Wales Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI) is leading this investigation. OTSI conducts marine and rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003

The preliminary report into the accident was published on 10 March 2018. 

The train’s event recorders were taken for examination. Analysis of the recorders has commenced.

An inspection of A42 was undertaken following the incident. The inspection has been completed.

Interviews were conducted with crew of the train following the incident. Additional crew interviews may be required. Further organisational and expert witness interviews are still to be completed.

The investigation has received a substantial amount of technical information on procedures and policies, Waratah trains, buffer stops, crash energy management systems and risk assessment. Analysis of this information has commenced.

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.