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ATSB report: Derailment of ore train ND575 near Tom Price, Western Australia, 15 December 2015


11 December 2017

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released the final report into its investigation into a derailment of ore train ND575 near Tom Price, Western Australia, on 15 December 2015.

Report summary

On 15 December 2015, train ND575 was heading south on the Hamersley Railway and most likely ran over a small horizontal track misalignment, just south of the Mt Brockman Road railway crossing. It is likely the movement of the train over the small misalignment led it to increase in size until it was large enough to cause the derailment of more than 50 ore carriages.

The final report into the incident highlights the need for rail operators to ensure rail defects are detected early, assessed and effectively managed.

A full copy of the report is available on the ATSB’s website: Derailment of Rio Tinto train ND575 near Tom Price, Western Australia on 15 December 2015