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The ATSB is investigating a load irregularity involving freight train YC77 at Cooroy, Qld, on 18 August 2018.

At about 2101 EST on 18 August 2018, the Electric Control Operator in Brisbane, Qld, received a trip indication of the railway overhead line equipment at Cooroy. The Network Control Officer instructed the driver to stop their train. At 2112, the Queensland Police Service contacted the rail management centre to advise that the overhead line equipment had become entangled with the train. It was identified that an unsecured adjustable flatrack on the train had contacted the overhead line equipment, resulting in the dewirement. There were no reports of injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain loading documentation, 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: 18 August 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 2101 EST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Cooroy Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loading Irregularity 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Line operator: Queensland Rail 
Train operator: Aurizon 
Train registration: YC77 
Type of operation: Freight 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Minor 
Departure point:Acacia Ridge, Qld
Destination:Portsmith, Qld
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Last update 14 November 2018