Rail safety investigations & reports

Collision with infrastructure involving freight train 8796 at Rockhampton, Queensland, on 17 September 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 17 September 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0722 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Rockhampton   Investigation phase: Final report: Approval  
State: Queensland    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2022    

Train details

Train details
Train operator Aurizon  
Train registration 8796  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Townsville  
Destination Rockhampton  
Last update 01 August 2022