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The ATSB is investigating the derailment of a freight train in Devonport, Tasmania on 21 September 2018.

At approximately 0900 on 21 September 2018, a freight train operated by TasRail was being loaded with cement, the train departed without any command from the remote driver. The operator alerted the relevant authorities immediately, and they intentionally directed it into a dead-end siding in Devonport. Once it arrived at the stops of the siding, the train derailed. Two members of the public sustained injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the locomotive and wagons, interview witnesses, and obtain any available recorded data for analysis.

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: 21 September 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0900 EST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Devonport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Derailment 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Minor 
Train details
Line operator: TasRail 
Train operator: TasRail 
Train registration: 604 
Type of operation: Freight 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Destroyed 
Departure point:Railton, Tas.
Destination:Devonport, Tas.
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Last update 21 September 2018