Rail safety investigations & reports

Encounter with flood waters by Train 6792 at Little Banyan Creek, Tully, Queensland on 7 March 2018

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


The ATSB is investigating an encounter with flood waters by Train 6792 at Little Banyan Creek, Tully, Queensland, on 7 March 2018.

At about 0615 on 7 March 2018, an Aurizon freight train, designation 6792, was travelling south on approach to Tully in far-north Queensland. The driver of the train had observed flood waters in the area and was reporting the matter to a train controller in Townsville when the driver noticed water over the bridge at Little Banyan Creek. The driver applied the brakes in an effort to stop the train ahead of the flood waters, but the train entered the water and stopped on the bridge.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the rail traffic crew, analyse data logger information and gather evidential material relating to procedures and flood-water preparedness.

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: 07 March 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0615 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Little Banyan Creek, Tully   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Queensland    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Queensland  
Train operator Aurizon  
Train registration 6792  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Portsmith, Qld  
Destination Acacia Ridge, Qld  
Last update 21 October 2019