Rail safety investigations & reports

Level crossing irregularity involving freight train 3PM7 at Cherry Street, Werribee, Victoria on 4 December 2020

Investigation number:
RO-2020-020
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

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.

General details
Date: 04 December 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0825 AEDT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Cherry Street, Werribee   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Victoria    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 3PM7  
Type of operation Freight service  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Perth, Western Australia  
Destination Melbourne, Victoria  
Last update 09 December 2020