Rail safety investigations & reports

Derailment of coal train 9QJ5 near Mt Rainbow, on the Moura Line, Queensland, on 30 October 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the derailment of an Aurizon empty coal train, 9QJ5, near Mt Rainbow, on the Moura line, Queensland, at about 1600 on 30 October 2021.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant personnel, analyse imagery and event recorder data, review rolling stock components and track maintenance records.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 30 October 2021   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: 80 km from Moura   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2022    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Aurizon  
Train operator Aurizon  
Train registration 9QJ5  
Type of operation Coal Train  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Departure point Callemondah, Queensland  
Destination Moura Mine, Queensland  
Last update 18 July 2022