The ATSB is investigating the collision between over-height rail freight and the Alexandra Bridge at Rockhampton, Queensland, on 17 September 2021.
Aurizon was operating freight train 8796 between Townsville and Rockhampton. The freight involved was a road articulated container trailer, loaded on to a flatbed wagon in Townsville. At about 0722 local time, the train was heading south on the Alexandra bridge over the Fitzroy River towards Rockhampton when the trailer collided with the overhead bridge structure. The damage to the trailer was detected during a routine inspection after the event, at the nearby Rockhampton Yard where the wagon carrying the trailer was detached from the train. There were no injuries and the line remained open to rail services.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the personnel involved in the securing of the load, analyse CCTV recordings and gather additional information.
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.