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.
|Date:||10 June 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1646 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Gunnedah||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||4th Quarter 2019|
|Line operator||Australian Railtrack Corporation|
|Train operator||NSW Trains|
|Type of operation||Passenger service|
|Sector||Passenger - regional|
|Damage to train||Nil|
|Departure point||Sydney, NSW|