Rail safety investigations & reports

Level crossing collision between freight train 5KQ7 and a road coach at Norlane, Victoria on 2 April 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a level crossing collision between freight train 5KQ7 and a road coach at Norlane, Victoria.

On the morning of 2 April 2020, a rail replacement coach was travelling from Southern Cross station to Waurn Ponds station. At about 1052, the coach arrived at the level crossing at the intersection of Station Street and North Shore Road, and at about the same time the level crossing warning bells were activated. The coach stopped but was foul of the boom barrier and the track. Shortly after, the freight train approached the crossing and collided with the forward section of the coach.

An ATSB investigation is being undertaken by officers from the Victorian Office of Chief Investigator, Transport Safety (CITS), under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Investigators have commenced collecting evidence from involved parties including interviewing passengers and witnesses and gathering any other relevant information.

Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 02 April 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1052 AEST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Norlane, Geelong   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Victoria    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator ARTC  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 5KQ7  
Type of operation Grain train (freight) service  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Murtoa, Victoria  
Destination Werris Creek, New South Wales  
Last update 08 April 2020