Costly freight train derailment avoidable
A FREIGHT train derailment that caused tens of thousands dollars damage was the fault of rails installed almost 100 years ago and could’ve been avoided.
A report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found the derailment was avoidable if crews had followed up on tests that showed a defect in the rails.
The faulty rail shattered just after 6am on July 28, 2017 at Dry Creek, derailing the last three carriages of the empty freight train. There were no injuries but it did cause extensive damage to infrastructure.
An ATSB investigation found the section of rail had been examined a month earlier, uncovering an irregularity.
The section was marked but the fault was put down to poor condition of the top of the rail.
The report found the inspector had missed a chance to prevent the derailment by not following up on the defect.