Rail safety investigations & reports

Level Crossing Collision between The Ghan Passenger Train (1AD8) and a Road-Train Truck, Ban Ban Springs, NT, 12 December 2006

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Status: Completed
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At approximately 1356 on 12 December 2006, a double trailer road-train truck drove into the path of The Ghan passenger train (1AD8) at the Fountain Head Road level crossing, Ban Ban Springs, Northern Territory. As a consequence, two locomotives, a wagon used for carrying passengers' private vehicles and nine passenger carriages derailed. There were no fatalities, however, the road-train driver and a female passenger were hospitalised and several other passengers and crew sustained minor injuries.

The investigation concluded that the truck was driven through the 'Stop' sign at the level crossing at a speed of about 50 km/h. The driver of the truck traversed the level crossing many times during the course of his 'working day' and had been in the habit of slowing rather than stopping at the level crossing 'Stop' sign. Factors influencing this act were the manner in which the task was normally performed, the expectation that a train would not be present and the operational constraints of road-train vehicles. It was also found that the ability of the road-train truck driver to hear the first two soundings of the train horn may have been compromised by his severe bilateral hearing loss.

The report identifies a number of safety issues and issues recommendations and safety advisory notices with the aim of preventing similar events.

Rail recommendations

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General details
Date: 12 December 2006   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1356 CST    
Location: Ban Ban Springs Station    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 13 February 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Train details

Train details
Train registration 1AD8  
Type of operation Passenger Train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point NA  
Departure time NA  
Destination NA  
Last update 23 November 2010