Rail safety investigations & reports

Level crossing collision near Tailem Bend, SA

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 1100 on 4 October 2006, a prime-mover/low loader combination collided with train 4MR1 at the Magpie Drive level crossing, Tailem Bend, South Australia. At the time of the accident the crossing was controlled by passive signs comprising 'Stop' sign assemblies (RX-2) and approach warning signs.

The ATSB investigation into the accident concluded that it is likely that the truck did not come to a halt at the 'Stop' sign controlling the crossing. The driver was possibly distracted by the presence of the road-junction ahead and/or a preoccupation with arriving at his destination on time, which may have diverted his attention from the risks associated with negotiating the level crossing. The investigation also found that the viewing angle to the north-west of the crossing was substandard and coupled with restricted visibility from the truck driver's cab would have made it difficult for the truck driver to see the train without coming to a complete halt at the stop sign.

The investigation established that there was nothing the train crew could have done to prevent the accident. As a consequence of the collision the prime mover was heavily damaged and the trailer was written off, the truck driver suffered minor injuries. Damage to the train was confined to structural damage on the drag box and the onboard electrical system of the lead locomotive.

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General details
Date: 04 October 2006   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1100 CST    
Location: Tailem Bend    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 15 June 2007   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Train details

Train details
Train registration Train 4MR1  
Type of operation Ballast Train  
Damage to train Minor  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 0 0 1 1
Total: 0 0 1 1
Last update 23 November 2010