Rail safety investigations & reports

Level crossing collision between freight train 2C74 and road-train truck, Yarri Road, Parkeston, WA, on 22 February 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has commenced a transport safety investigation into a level crossing collision on Monday afternoon 22 February 2021, at Yarri Road, Parkeston WA.

A road-train truck had driven into the path of freight train 2C74, resulting in collision and derailment of the train’s lead locomotive. Active level crossing equipment (flashing lights) were reported to be operating. The locomotive and truck were substantially damaged, with the two train crew sustaining serious injuries and the truck driver sustaining minor injuries.

As part of the investigation, ATSB transport safety investigators will examine imagery of the accident site, analyse available recorded data, and interview involved parties.

A report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 22 February 2021   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Parkeston   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Western Australia    
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2022    

Train details

Train details
Line operator ATRC  
Train operator Aurizon  
Train registration 2C74  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Last update 25 October 2021