Rail safety investigations & reports

Safeworking irregularity and near miss with crew of train 5936 at Hawkesbury River, New South Wales on 8 January 2021

Investigation number:
RO-2021-002
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a safeworking irregularity and near miss with crew of train 5936 at Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, on 8 January 2021.

At approximately 0415 on 8 January 2021, a near miss occurred at the Hawkesbury River siding when a Pacific National freight service 5936 requested to propel into the siding from the Up Main line. A block was placed on the adjacent Down Main line and a train crew member moved to the rear to assist. The driver advised the signaller that they were ready to proceed and the signaller allowed a NSW Trains passenger service 247B to pass. The crew member was still on the track and had to take action to avoid the approaching train.

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: 08 January 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0415 AEDT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Hawkesbury River   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2022    

Train 1 details

Train 1 details
Line operator Sydney Trains  
Train operator Pacific National  
Train registration 5936  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Moree, NSW  
Destination Nowra, NSW  

Train 2 details

Train 2 details
Line operator Sydney Trains  
Train operator NSW Trains  
Train registration 247B  
Type of operation Passenger  
Sector Passenger - regional  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Gosford, NSW  
Destination Central, NSW  
Last update 18 January 2021