Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of Train 5MB7 at Benalla VIC

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


At approximately 0644 Eastern Standard Time on 2 June 2006 the crew of Interail freight service 5MB7 reported that their train had derailed while traversing the No. 3 points located at the Melbourne end of the Benalla crossing loop. Both locomotives derailed along with 19 wagons. Two track machines stabled within the cripple road adjacent the crossing loop were heavily damaged along with the nearby Victorian Railway Institute Hall which sustained severe structural damage.

There were no serious injuries as a result of the collision.

The investigation found that the driver of train 5MB7 had probably failed to correctly interpret and respond to signal ES6377. As a result he was unable to slow the train to a safe speed when traversing No. 3 points located at Melbourne end of the Benalla crossing loop.

In the interest of enhancing future rail safety the ATSB has made seven recommendations which include a review of crew resource management strategies, an examination of mentoring responsibilities and reviewing processes for the re-certification of drivers.

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General details
Date: 02 June 2006   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: EST    
Location: Benalla    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 29 June 2007   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Train details

Train details
Train registration 5MB7Q  
Type of operation Freight Train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic  
Destination Brisbane  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 2 0 0 2
Total: 2 0 0 2
Last update 23 November 2010