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.
|Date:||02 April 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1052 AEST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Norlane, Geelong||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Serious|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2021|
|Train operator||Pacific National|
|Type of operation||Grain train (freight) service|
|Damage to train||Minor|
|Departure point||Murtoa, Victoria|
|Destination||Werris Creek, New South Wales|