Derailment crash due to speed: final report



A FINAL report into the Bundaberg tilt train derailment of November 15 last year was released on Wednesday, confirming speed was the principal cause of the crash.

The report outlined 11 recommendations for Queensland Rail (QR) to improve its safety systems, including reviews of its emergency communication strategies and the effectiveness of safety briefings given to passengers on the tilt train, particularly in mid-sections.

In a statement released yesterday, QR chief executive officer Bob Scheuber said the derailment reinforced to QR that 'safety must continue to be an absolute priority'.

Mr Scheuber said QR would explore every opportunity to improve its safety record over coming months.

'QR has already introduced a number of additional measures to enhance the safety of its tilt train operation,' he said.

'These include both drivers calling speed-critical curves and limiting tilt train speeds to 100kph.

'QR will continue to investigate methods to improve on these procedures.'

The report confirmed the train was travelling at a recorded speed of 112kph when it crashed, 40km south-east of Miriam, just before midnight on November 15.

The speed limit for the section of rail where the crash occurred was 60kph.

'Although there were no life-threatening injuries or fatalities there were some severe injuries,' the report stated.

Many of the 163 people on board, including passengers and crew, suffered injuries, including 37 passengers who were transported to Gladstone Hospital for treatment.

It also stated that while excessive speed was the principal cause for the crash, 'better organisational controls may have prevented this accident'.



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