Rail safety investigations & reports

Level crossing collision at Mundoo QLD

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


At 1118 EasternĀ  on 1 January 2009 a laden waste disposal truck drove into the path of The Sunlander passenger train at the Aerodrome Road level crossing, Mundoo (near Innisfail) North Queensland. The two lead locomotives and following six carriages derailed in the collision. As a result of the collision the truck driver was fatally injured. Both of the train drivers, nine passengers and four QR on-board staff members sustained minor to moderate injuries. Of those injured, six passengers and one QR employee were taken to hospital for observation.

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: 01 January 2009   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Mundoo    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 13 August 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Train details

Train details
Train registration The Sunlander  
Type of operation Passenger Train  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Cairns, QLD  
Destination Brisbane, QLD  
Last update 03 April 2020