Rail safety investigations & reports

Collision between Rigid Tipper Truck/Tri-axle Trailer and The Overland Passenger Train, 4AM8, Wingeel, Victoria, 15 November 2006

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Status: Completed
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At 1653 on Wednesday 15 November 2006, a north-east bound tip truck towing a tri-axle trailer drove into the path of south-east bound passenger train 4AM8, The Overland, at the Barpinba-Poorneet Road level crossing, near Wingeel in southern Victoria.

As a consequence of the collision the driver of the truck was fatally injured. The train sustained only minor damage but was immobilised and this necessitated that all passengers had to be transferred by bus to Melbourne.

The ATSB investigation into the accident established that the truck entered the level crossing and did not come to a halt at the 'Stop' sign as required by the road rules while a train was approaching the level crossing. The driver of the truck was possibly distracted by the presence of the road-junction ahead and was probably unaware of the presence of the train until just before the collision. The investigation also found that when approaching the crossing from the south-west the advance warning signs did not comply with the then operational standard AS1742.7 - 1993. In addition, the viewing angle in the direction from which the train approached the crossing was poor. When coupled with the restricted visibility from the truck's cab, it would have been difficult for the truck driver to see the train without coming to the required stop at the crossing.

Rail recommendations

[RR20070023] [RR20070024]  [RR20070025] [RR20070026] [RR20070027]

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General details
Date: 15 November 2006   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1650 ESuT    
Location: near Wingeel    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 24 October 2007   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Train details

Train details
Train registration Train 4AM8  
Type of operation Passenger Train  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Adelaide  
Destination Melbourne  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 0 0 1 1
Total: 0 0 1 1
Last update 23 November 2010