Investigation number
Occurrence date
Near Fairfield Station
Investigation level
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Examination and analysis
Investigation status
Occurrence category
Serious Incident
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a collision between an Aurizon freight train and an excavator on the dual gauge line near Fairfield Station, Queensland, on 15 July 2023.

In order to undertake track maintenance work on the Beenleigh line, the line had been closed to suburban passenger trains for the weekend, and closed to freight trains on the dual gauge line between 0600 and 1800. The track closure for freight operations was handed back to the network control officer at about 1945, and at about 2000, train Y375 collided with an unmanned excavator. There were no injuries, but there was significant damage to the excavator and minor damage to the locomotive.

The ATSB has commenced the examination and analysis of the initial evidence collected.

To date, the ATSB investigation has included :

•    interviewing directly involved parties

•    examination of recorded data

•    collection of safeworking records

•    initial review of training records

At this stage, the continuing investigation will include further analysis of :

•    safeworking and training records

•    contractual arrangements including analysis of various roles and responsibilities

•    related occurrences

•    any other relevant information

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.

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Train Details
Train number
Rail vehicle sector
Train damage
Departure point
Fisherman’s Island
Rail occurrence type
Rail Operator