Rail safety investigations & reports

SPAD of passenger train NP43, Gunnedah, NSW, on 10 June 2019

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the signal passed at danger (SPAD) of passenger train NP43, Gunnedah, NSW, on 10 June 2019.

At approximately 1645 hours a passenger train service NP43 passed stop signal GH23 and proceeded into the Gunnedah Coal siding by 300 metres. The train passed the signal at an approximate speed of 90 km/h. The driver reported the sun was directly behind the signal and he could not see the stop indication. The train stopped approximately 200 metres before reaching the Gunnedah Coal loop departure points. The driver was sent for post incident drug and alcohol testing and tested negative.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain information from the train data logger, track circuitry data and interview relevant persons. This investigation is being led by the New South Wales Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). OTSI conducts rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, 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.

General details
Date: 10 June 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1646 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Gunnedah   Investigation phase: Final report: Approval  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Railtrack Corporation  
Train operator NSW Trains  
Train registration NP43  
Type of operation Passenger service  
Sector Passenger - regional  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Moree, NSW  
Last update 23 September 2019