The ATSB is investigating a level crossing irregularity involving The Overland passenger train 3MA8 at North Geelong, Victoria. At about 1053 on 8 January 2019, the train reported passing through the Thompsons Road level crossing at North Geelong without the active level crossing protection activating. The train crew reported that several road vehicles were in the vicinity of the level crossing at that time but no collision resulted.
The Thompson Road level crossing provides for dual-lane road traffic to traverse dual-gauge and broad-gauge railway lines. At the time of the occurrence, planned infrastructure work involving the level crossing's equipment was being performed.
The ATSB has commenced an investigation and will collect relevant evidence, including recorded data and interviews with directly involved parties.
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 relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.
|Date:||08 January 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1053 EST||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||North Geelong||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Train operator||Great Southern Rail|
|Type of operation||Passenger|
|Sector||Passenger - regional|
|Damage to train||Nil|
|Departure point||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Destination||Adelaide, South Australia|