Rail safety investigations & reports

Passenger injury at Gosnells Railway Station, Perth, Western Australia, on 26 October 2019

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase

Final Report

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What happened

At about 1555 on 26 October 2019, Transperth passenger train service 5077CP travelling from Perth to Armadale stations in Perth, Western Australia arrived on platform two at the Gosnells Railway Station.

As multiple passengers alighted the train and moved along the platform toward the exit gate, a young male child separated from his family group. The child walked among the other passengers but wandered toward the edge of the platform and the side of the stationary railcar.

Around the same time, the driver of 5077CP was preparing to depart the train from the platform. The driver viewed the Driver Assist Video monitor located on the driver’s console to check passengers had completed boarding/alighting the train and were clear before commencing the processes to close the doors.

As the doors were closing, the child crossed the painted safety line and continued to approach the edge of the platform before turning and looking back toward his family group. He stumbled against the side of the third railcar adjacent to its rear door and accidentally stepped off the edge of the platform coping, falling between the railcar and platform to the track formation below.

Nearby persons on the platform and the child’s family members responded almost immediately raising an alarm while attempting to retrieve the child. As train 5077CP commenced to move, a passenger in the third railcar responded to the persons on the platform and contacted the driver via the emergency passenger intercom, calling for the driver to stop.

The train travelled around 12 metres before stopping. After the train stopped, family members lifted the child from the track and onto the platform. Police incident reports indicated the child was uninjured during the fall and retrieval. However, a family member was reported to have sustained injuries and subsequently transported to hospital for treatment.

What the ATSB found

A young male child separated from his family group and wandered close to the platform edge before losing his footing and falling between the platform and adjacent railcar to the track below. The swift reaction by the driver to stop the train in response to an alarm raised by a passenger via the internal emergency intercom system very likely prevented more serious injuries from being received by the young child or other family members

Safety message

Passengers and other persons present at a railway station platform must observe the markings on its surface that specify the required separation to keep from the platform edge and adjacent track.

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The occurrence

General details
Date: 26 October 2019   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1556 AWST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 19.4 km Armadale line, Perth, Western Australia   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 28 April 2020   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Train details

Train details
Line operator Public Transport Authority  
Train operator Transperth  
Train registration 5077CP  
Type of operation Suburban Passenger  
Sector Passenger - metropolitan  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Perth Station, Western Australia  
Destination Armadale Station, Western Australia  
Last update 28 April 2020