Train derailed in North-West

A train and 10 wagons derailed at Kimberly in the state’s North-West. Picture: Geoff RobsonAN overnighttrainderailment in the state’s North-West sent 10 wagons crashing from the tracks.

The incident occurred near Kimberley soon after 9.30last night.

Nobody was injured in the derailment.

The incident comes less than a week after the release of an interim report into a Colebrook train derailment in November last year.

The investigation found that the train involved in last year’s crash had been travelling twice as fast as the recommended speed, with the incidentcausing $4 million worth of damage.

However, in a statement released this morning, TasRail chief executive Damien White said speed was not a factor in last night’s crash.

Mr White said the overnight derailment appeared to be track-related.

“This area of the network had not yet been upgraded but was scheduled for trackre-sleepering in coming months,” Mr White said.

”Ourtrack engineers will carry out further inspections once the track is cleared and wewill download and review all available train data over coming days.”

Mr White said he was confident a new, multi-million dollartraincontrol system known as the Advanced Network Control System was operating at the time of the incident.

Work crews have todaybeen called to clear and repair about 100 metres of track.

The Western line will remain closed for another 24 hours, with the company working with customers to minimise disruption.

An investigation to determine the cause of the derailment is underway.

TheAustralian Transport Safety Bureau and the Office of the National Rail SafetyRegulator have been notified.


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