Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of train 6MP9 near Bates, South Australia, 10 Jun 2007

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 00401 on Sunday 10 June 2007, westbound freight train 6MP9 derailed at the 716.7 km mark2 near Bates in SA.

There were no injuries as a result of the derailment, however, there was significant damage to the track and rollingstock. Of 10 wagons that separated from the train, four overturned.

The investigation found that a broken rail, emanating from a transverse rail defect, had probably caused the derailment.

1 The 24-hour clock is used in this report to describe the local time of day, Central Standard Time (CST).

2 Distance in kilometres from a track reference point located at Coonamia in SA.

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General details
Date: 10 June 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0040 CST    
Location: near Bates    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 22 February 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Train details

Train details
Train registration Train 6MP9  
Type of operation Freight Train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic  
Destination Perth, WA  
Last update 23 November 2010