Rail safety investigations & reports

Near miss between train crew and passing train 2291N, Picton, NSW, on 19 November 2019

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a near miss between a train crewmember and a passing train near Picton, New South Wales, on 19 November 2019.

At approximately 0347, just prior to the occurrence, the crew of a Qube freight train were notified of a wheel defect on the fifth axle of the third locomotive in their train consist. The defect was detected by the trackside detector on the adjacent track. The driver stopped the train on the mainline and disembarked in order to inspect the defect. A passing PN freight train came within two metres of striking the driver.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the signal controllers, the train crew, and the supervisors, and gather additional information such as fatigue management and rostering plans, trackside detector notifications and action management, and audio communications.

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: 19 November 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0347 EDST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Picton   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Train details

Train details
Line operator ARTC  
Train operator Qube Logistics  
Train registration 3112  
Type of operation Freight train  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Junee, NSW  
Destination Cooks River, NSW  
Last update 09 December 2019