The ATSB is investigating a train runaway within the Liberty Primary Steel complex at Whyalla, South Australia, which occurred on 31 July 2019.
At 0824, an empty iron ore train operated by Genesee & Wyoming Australia, while being prepared for departure from the rail yard, ran approximately 6 km through the steelworks without a driver on board, before it could be stopped and secured. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will review locomotive data logger information, obtain information about the remote control system used on the locomotive and interview the train driver and other rail operations personnel.
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.
|Date:||31 July 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0824 CST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Whyalla||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2020|
|Line operator||GFG Alliance|
|Train operator||Genesee & Wyoming Australia|
|Type of operation||Bulk minerals|
|Damage to train||Nil|