Rail safety investigations & reports

Level Crossing Collision, Back Creek, NSW

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Status: Completed
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At approximately 1830 on Saturday 10 March 2007, a semi trailer partially loaded with hay bales drove into the path of empty grain train 3835 at the Tallabung to Back Creek Road level crossing, NSW. The semi trailer driver was fatally injured in the collision.

The train derailed and, with the crushed semi trailer underneath the leading locomotive, travelled 144 m further onto and over the timber and concrete rail bridge over the Back Creek watercourse. The leading locomotive came to a rest off the track on the embankment past the bridge; the other two locomotives came to rest on the bridge.

The wreckage caught fire following the collision, ultimately destroying all three locomotives, the bridge superstructure and the semi trailer. The train crew, although injured, were able to exit the leading locomotive and escape from the fire.

The investigation found that the semi trailer driver drove into the path of the train without stopping at the level crossing's 'Stop' sign. On the evidence

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General details
Date: 10 March 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1832 ESuT    
Location: Back Creek    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 31 July 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Train details

Train details
Train registration 3835  
Type of operation Bulk Grain Train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Cootmundra, NSW  
Destination Gilgandra, NSW  
Last update 23 November 2010