Rail safety investigations & reports

Load irregularity involving freight train YC77 at Cooroy, Queensland, on 18 August 2018

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


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 level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Cooroy   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Queensland    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Train details

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  
Last update 09 July 2020