Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of Freight Train 3AB6 Yerong Creek, New South Wales 4 January 2006

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 1721 on Wednesday 4 January 2006, the 41st wagon of Pacific National freight train 3AB6 derailed at a track misalignment at Yerong Creek, New South Wales. Eight wagons following the 41st wagon then derailed. There were no injuries. The track sustained significant damage and was closed for 48 hours.

The investigation found that the most likely cause of the derailment was a track misalignment which was caused by a combination of several factors any one of which may not have resulted in the derailment in its own right.

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General details
Date: 04 January 2006   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1721    
Location: Yerong Creek    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 29 January 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Train registration 3AB6  
Type of operation Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Adelaide SA  
Destination Brisbane QLD  
Last update 23 November 2010