Rail safety investigations & reports

Fatality on locomotive of train 4MB9 near Cullerin, New South Wales, on 25 August 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


An investigation has commenced into a fatality on board the lead locomotive of train no. 4MB9 near Cullerin, New South Wales (NSW), on 25 August 2022.

On the afternoon of 25 August 2022, two SCT locomotives were hauling a containerised freight train north of Yass, NSW, en route to Bromelton, Queensland. For reasons not yet determined, while the train was still moving the driver left the driving cabin. After an extended period the driver's assistant stopped the train and left the driving cabin to ascertain the driver's whereabouts.

Shortly afterwards, the driver's assistant found the driver unresponsive on the locomotive footplate, having sustained fatal injuries.

This investigation is being led by the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). OTSI conducts rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (Cwlth). OTSI investigators have started collecting evidence from involved parties.

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

General details
Date: 25 August 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1503 EST    
Location   (show map): near Cullerin   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2023    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Australian Rail Track Corporation  
Train operator SCT Logistics  
Train registration 4MB9  
Type of operation Freight  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point SCT Altona depot, Victoria  
Destination SCT Bromelton depot, Queensland  
Last update 02 September 2022