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Australian Transport Safety Bureau final report released

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The collision of a passenger train with the open hatch of an adjacent locomotive emphasises the need for appropriate risk controls to prevent hatches from opening during service, a safety investigation has concluded.

On the evening of 21 July 2020, a passenger train bound for Kiama collided with the air filter hatch of a stationary Pacific National NR locomotive near Loftus station, on Sydney Trains’ Illawarra line.

There were no injuries reported, but the guard’s windscreen and passenger doors on the lead carriage of the passenger train were damaged in the collision.

Image: Australian Transport Safety Bureau