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Level crossing collision and derailment involving grain train 68A3 near Goondiwindi, Queensland, on 9 August 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has commenced a transport safety investigation into a level crossing collision and derailment that occurred on 9 August 2022, on the Great Western Line near Goondiwindi, Queensland.

At about 1455 a collision occurred between an Aurizon grain train 68A3 and a heavy road vehicle at passive occupation crossing ID2044 (186.1 km), resulting in derailment of 2 locomotives and 8 wagons. The road vehicle, track, and at least one locomotive were damaged. The 2 train drivers and road vehicle driver sustained minor injuries.

Two ATSB transport safety investigators with experience in rail operations and engineering have deployed to the accident site. Investigators will survey the accident site, analyse any available recorded data, and interview involved parties. A report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

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: 09 August 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1455 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Great Western Line, near Goondiwindi   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2023    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Queensland Rail  
Train operator Aurizon  
Train registration 68A3  
Type of operation Freight - grain train  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Substantial  
Last update 10 August 2022