Rail safety investigations & reports

Track obstruction due to loss of freight involving train 7WB3, between Telegraph Point and Wauchope, New South Wales, on 17 June 2018

Investigation number:
RO-2018-010
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

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    
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Incident  
Expected completion: 3rd Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Train 1 details

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

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  
Last update 14 November 2018