The ATSB is investigating a level crossing irregularity involving freight train 3PM7 at Cherry Street, Werribee, Victoria on 4 December 2020.
At approximately 0825, Pacific National freight train 3PM7 was approaching the Cherry Street level crossing when the train crew noticed that the level crossing protection had not operated. The train was travelling at approximately 40 km/h and emergency braking was applied, bringing the 1400m long train to a stop across the level crossing. A number of cars were observed passing through the crossing just prior to the train's arrival at the crossing. There was no collision or injuries.
This investigation is being led by Victoria’s Chief Investigator, Transport Safety (CITS). CITS conducts rail investigations in Victoria on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
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.