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ATSB report: Level crossing collision between Spirit of Queensland and a road vehicle at Rockhampton, Queensland, on 15 July 2017


29 January 2018

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released its final investigation report into a level crossing collision between the Spirit of Queensland tilt train and a road vehicle in Rockhampton, Queensland on 15 July 2017.

Report summary

At 0047, the Spirit of Queensland was passing through Rockhampton on its way to Brisbane. As it approached the intersection of Denison and William Streets, both of the train’s drivers identified that the intersection and its approaches were clear. When the train crossed the intersection, however, both drivers heard a loud bang and there was jolt to the power car.

The train had struck a road vehicle, a white Toyota Camry, with four people inside. The three passengers of the car were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the driver of the car, the car’s windows were open at the time of the incident, however, its occupants were actively engaged in conversation and none of them heard the train’s horn before the driver accelerated to cross the level crossing.

This incident is a reminder that all road vehicle drivers using railway level crossings equipped with passive controls need to be vigilant, observe road-warning signs, obey road rules and look out for trains.

The investigation report is available on the ATSB’s website: Level crossing collision between Spirit of Queensland and a road vehicle, at Rockhampton, Queensland, on 15 July 2017