Rail safety investigations & reports

Collision between coal trains MB526 and AH378, Kooragang Coal Terminal, New South Wales, on 29 July 2020

Investigation number:
RO-2020-013
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating the collision between coal trains MB526 and AH378 at Kooragang Coal Terminal, NSW, on 29 July 2020.

At approximately 0508 on, a Pacific National loaded coal train, MB526, collided with the rear of a One Rail loaded coal train, AH378. At the time, AH378 was unloading at Kooragang Coal Terminal. AH378 had approximately 60 wagons to be unloaded when MB526 collided with it. The collision resulted in the derailment of the last two wagons of AH378, and significant damage to the rail infrastructure. The leading locomotive of MB526 also derailed. The derailed locomotive and wagons came into contact with two adjacent stationary trains (BC346 & HV274), disabling both. The driver of the derailed locomotive sustained minor injuries.

This investigation is being led by the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). OTSI conducts rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Investigators have commenced collecting evidence from involved parties.

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.

General details
Date: 29 July 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0508 AEST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Kooragang Island   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021    

Train 1 details

Train 1 details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration MB526  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Mauls Creek, Whitehaven Mine, NSW  
Destination Kooragan Coal Terminal, NSW  

Train 2 details

Train 2 details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)  
Train operator One Rail  
Train registration AH378  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Ashton Coal Siding, NSW  
Destination Kooragang Coal Terminal, NSW  
Last update 10 August 2020