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The ATSB is investigating a track obstruction due to loss of freight involving train 7WB3, between Telegraph Point and Wauchope in New South Wales on 17 June 2018.

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

At approximately 1325 on 17 June 2018, NSW Trains XPT passenger service NT32 was travelling in the up direction between Telegraph Point and Wauchope, when it struck an obstruction on track. The obstruction was identified as a container door that had fallen off Pacific National freight train 7WB3. The XPT suffered minimal damage and was able to continue. There were no reports of injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain reports from the operators, interview the crew and gather additional information.

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: 17 June 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1309 EST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Between Telegraph Point and Wauchope Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Train 1 details
Line operator: Australian Rail Track Corporation 
Train operator: Pacific National 
Train registration: 7WB3 
Type of operation: Freight service 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Minor 
Departure point:Port Kembla, NSW
Destination:Brisbane, Qld.
Train 2 details
Line operator: Australian Rail Track Corporation 
Train operator: NSW Trains 
Train registration: NT32 
Type of operation: Passenger 
Sector: Passenger - regional 
Damage to train: Minor 
Departure point:Brisbane, Qld
Destination:Sydney, NSW
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Last update 03 September 2018