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.
|Date:||27 November 2008||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1447 EST||Investigation level:||Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Release date:||29 October 2009||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Train registration||Cairns Tilt Train VCQ5|
|Type of operation||Passenger Train|
|Damage to train||Substantial|
|Departure point||Brisbane, Qld|