Rail safety investigations & reports

Level crossing collision at Rungoo Qld

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


At 1447 on Thursday 27 November 2008, the northbound Cairns Tilt Train (CTT) collided with a loaded B-double truck  at the Rungoo level crossing, about 19.5 km north of the township of Ingham in north Queensland. On board the CTT were 81 passengers and seven train crew. The truck driver was the sole occupant of the B-double truck.

The two train drivers were fatally injured as a result of the collision, the truck driver sustained moderate injuries. In addition, injuries were incurred by nine passengers.  The investigation was conducted by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in accordance with provisions of Queensland's Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 (the Act), independently chaired by a senior rail safety investigator of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Rail safety in Queensland is regulated by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. All railway managers and/or railway operators within Queensland are required to be accredited in accordance with the Act. The Department of Transport and Main Roads' role in rail safety also includes the investigation of railway incidents.

The final report is available via Queensland Transport.

General details
Date: 27 November 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1447 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Rungoo    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 29 October 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Train details

Train details
Train registration Cairns Tilt Train VCQ5  
Type of operation Passenger Train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Cairns, Qld  
Last update 03 April 2020