Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of freight train 6BM9 at Creighton, Victoria on 21 January 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


Update: 21 January 2020

The investigation into the derailment of freight train 6BM9 at Creighton, Victoria on 21 January 2019 is continuing.

The report from the investigation is currently in the ‘Final report: Drafting’ phase.

After this phase, final ATSB investigation reports undergo a rigorous internal review process to ensure the report adequately and accurately reflects the evidence collected, analysis, and agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review. Final investigation reports also undergo other technical and administrative reviews to ensure the reports meet relevant standards for transport safety investigations.

Initial summary

The ATSB is investigating the Derailment of freight train 6BM9 at Creighton, Victoria on 21 January 2019.

A SCT Logistics freight train from Bromelton (Queensland) to Laverton (Victoria), derailed at Creighton, Victoria at about 1540 on 21 January 2019. The train consisted of two locomotives and 31 wagons. The track was severely damaged, the train sustained minor damage and there were no injuries.

This investigation is being led by the Office of the Chief Investigator, Transport Safety (CITSV). CITSV conducts rail investigations in Victoria on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

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: 01 April 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1540 AEST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Creighton   Investigation phase: Final report: Drafting  
State: Victoria    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)  
Train operator SCT Logistics  
Train registration 6BM9  
Type of operation Freight Service  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Bromelton, Queensland  
Destination Laverton, Victoria  
Last update 21 September 2020