Rail safety investigations & reports

Fatal Level Crossing Collision - Bumbunga, South Australia, 1 August 2009

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 1535 on Saturday 1 August 2009, the lead locomotive of Pacific National (PN) freight train 5PM5 collided with a utility motor vehicle at the Bumbunga level crossing in South Australia (SA).

The utility vehicle was seriously damaged as a result of the collision and the male driver and a female passenger were fatally injured.

The train driver was uninjured. The lead locomotive of the train incurred minor damage, mainly to the headstock/pilot at the front of locomotive. The track and level crossing infrastructure incurred moderate damage that consisted of damaged rail fasteners and gouging of the road surface at the level crossing.

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General details
Date: 01 August 2009   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1535 CST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bumbunga    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 24 May 2010   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Train details

Train details
Train registration Train 5PM5  
Type of operation Freight Train  
Damage to train Minor  
Departure point Perth WA  
Destination Melbourne VIC  
Last update 03 April 2020