Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of train 7MP7 at Coonana, WA on 19 August 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investgating the derailment of train 7MP7 at Coonana, Western Australia on 19 August 2018.

At about 1045 (WST), train 7MP7, travelling from Melbourne to Perth, derailed while passing over the eastern points at Coonana. Two locomotives and three wagons were derailed (including crew van). There was significant track and rolling stock damage. There were no reported injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the crew, examine data inlcuding train logs, signalling logs and voice recordings, as well as examine operational procedures, 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: 19 August 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1045 WST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Coonana   Investigation phase: Final report: Drafting  
State: Western Australia    
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 7MP7  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Perth, Western Australia  
Last update 14 November 2019