Rail safety investigations & reports

Collision of passenger train with level crossing gates at Ballarat, Victoria, on 30 May 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a collision between a passenger train and a set of level crossing gates at Ballarat, Victoria, on 30 May 2020.

Late in the evening on the 30 May 2020, a VLocity passenger train travelling from Southern Cross Station to Wendouree Station failed to stop at the platform at Ballarat Station and collided with the level crossing gates which were closed against rail traffic. The train ran through the gates, destroying them and damaging the lead car of the train. The train driver, conductor and a passenger sustained minor injuries.

This investigation is being led by Victoria’s Chief Investigator, Transport Safety (CITS). CITS conducts rail investigations in Victoria on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

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: 30 May 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 2336 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Ballarat Railway Station   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Victoria    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator V/Line  
Train operator V/Line  
Train registration 8185  
Type of operation Passenger service  
Sector Passenger - regional  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria  
Last update 05 June 2020