Rail safety investigations & reports

Level crossing irregularity involving freight train 1MP9 at Torrens Road, Ovingham, South Australia, on 7 December 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a level crossing irregularity involving freight train 1MP9 at Torrens Road, Ovingham, South Australia on 7 December 2020.

At about 1157 (CDT), the Torrens Road level crossing active warning equipment did not operate for the approach of SCT freight train 1MP9. The driver of train 1MP9 braked and sounded a warning but the train traversed the level crossing while the flashing lights and boom barriers were inoperative. There was no collision with any road vehicles.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the parties involved, examining recorded data, and reviewing relevant documentation.

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: 07 December 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1157 CDT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Ovingham   Investigation phase: Final report: Drafting  
State: South Australia    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2023    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)  
Train operator SCT Logistics  
Train registration 1MP9  
Type of operation Freight service  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Perth, Western Australia  
Last update 27 September 2022