The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a near miss between a train crewmember and a passing train near Picton, New South Wales, on 19 November 2019.
At approximately 0347, just prior to the occurrence, the crew of a Qube freight train were notified of a wheel defect on the fifth axle of the third locomotive in their train consist. The defect was detected by the trackside detector on the adjacent track. The driver stopped the train on the mainline and disembarked in order to inspect the defect. A passing PN freight train came within two metres of striking the driver.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the signal controllers, the train crew, and the supervisors, and gather additional information such as fatigue management and rostering plans, trackside detector notifications and action management, and audio communications.
This investigation is being led by the New South Wales Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). OTSI conducts rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.
|Date:||19 November 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0347 EDST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Picton||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2020|
|Train operator||Qube Logistics|
|Type of operation||Freight train|
|Damage to train||Nil|
|Departure point||Junee, NSW|
|Destination||Cooks River, NSW|