At approximately 1526 on Saturday 9 May 2020, a rail worker, performing the role of outer handsignaller working under a Track Work Authority near Dora Creek, was involved in a near-hit incident with NSW TrainLink Intercity service 283D, the 1453 Newcastle to Sydney service.
The handsignaller was reported by the driver as walking along the middle of the Up Main track at around the 130.5 km mark. The driver of 283D sounded the train whistle and applied the emergency brakes to avoid a collision with the worker.
The incident was reported to the Sydney Trains Rail Operations Centre and an Incident Rail Commander was dispatched to the scene to investigate.
An ATSB investigation is being undertaken by officers from the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations, under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Investigators have commenced collecting evidence from involved parties.
The investigation will involve a site visit to the location of the event, evaluation of relevant worksite protection documentation, analysis of recorded audio and interviews with relevant stakeholders.
The draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.
Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.
|Date:||09 May 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1526 AEST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Dora Creek||Investigation phase:||Final report: Drafting|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2021|
|Line operator||Sydney Trains|
|Train operator||NSW TrainLink|
|Type of operation||Heavy Rail Vehicle|
|Sector||Passenger - regional|
|Damage to train||Nil|
|Departure point||Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Destination||Sydney, New South Wales|