News

Investigation into Brisbane train crash continues

Damage after a train went off the tracks at Cleveland Station.
Damage after a train went off the tracks at Cleveland Station. Brisbane Times - Brian Hurst

A GUN crash investigator has been dispatched from Melbourne to lead the Federal investigation into how and why a Queensland Rail commuter train ploughed into a station in Brisbane, injuring 24, 10 of whom were sent to hospital.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been called in by the Queensland Government - its investigation to run in parallel with those headed by Queensland Rail and the Queensland Department of Transport.

The commuter carriages were craned from the rail lines overnight, after smashing into the Cleveland train station at 9.40am on Thursday.

The ATSB's team of three investigators based in Brisbane were immediately dispatched to the scene, with their Adelaide counterpart joining them on Friday.

If they find a "critical safety issue", QR could be forced to consider shutting down its entire network.

ATSB general manager of surface safety investigations Peter Foley said there was no indication of that so far.

"There is no suggestion that peoples' safety is in peril," he said.

"It's day one."I can't pre-empt what we'll find and I won't."

It would be 30 days before the regulator released a preliminary report, this would tell the story of what happened.

A comprehensive version analysing the minutiae of the crash may be released within 12 months but Mr Foley said, "big things take time".

"It's big in the sense that more than a dozen people were injured and potentially it could have been much worse," Mr Foley said."We won't leave any stone unturned."

The Rail Tram and Bus Union ordered members on Friday afternoon not to work on or operate similar trains to the one involved in the crash, warning the crash may be caused by a brake failure.It was unclear at the time of publishing what impact, if any, this would have on commuters.

It is believed this type of train makes up one-third of QR's trains.

The ATSB is a powerful safety authority, able to investigate airline, marine and rail crashes with 60 highly-trained minds able to swing in on any incident.

Having now been pulled in by Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson, the ATSB will gather information from witnesses and decipher the pivotal moments recorded on the "locomotive data logger".

This is the train's equivalent of a aircraft's black box.

The ATSB will use evidence compiled by Queensland Rail, Department of Transport and the Queensland Police Service as part of its own investigation.

Mr Foley said it was a "very wise decision" for the state to call in his team.

Each of the six carriages of the train were removed by 4.30am on Friday.

Queensland Rail said it was yet to learn when the Cleveland station would reopen.

Topics:  australian transport safety bureau investigation queensland rail train crash



Hopes of rain turn to dust

One of billions of Rain Drops falls on the tweed Photo Blainey Woodham / Daily News

BoM give the city a very low chance of receiving any rain this week

South Ripley and Springfield top the traffic count data

BOOM: Division 3's Cr Kerry Silver and city infrastructure boss Cr Cheryl Bromage at the corner of Providence Pde and Ripley Rd. Growth at Providence, South Ripley has been reflected in the latest traffic count data for Ripley Road.

Ripley Rd has a 68% increase in vehicle traffic in 2016

JOBS: Nine Ipswich businesses looking for staff

12/03/09  181407Business cover.search for jobs jobseeker unemployed careerPhoto Michaela O'Neill / Sunshine Coast Daily

Everything from bakers to cleaners are needed

Local Partners

What's on the big screen this week

HUGH Jackman returns one last time as Wolverine in Logan and the iconic Australian novel Jasper Jones comes to life on the big screen.

Walking Dead villain takes on new role in The Missing

David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes, Abigail Hardingham and Tcheky Karyo in a scene from The Missing.

Walking Dead villain returns to screens in mystery show, The Missing

Holly Valance caught up in $213m lawsuit

Holly Valance

Lawsuit alleges blackmail, extortion and intimidation by Candy pair

Lifesaver for a day: One-of-a-kind Coast tour

The Mooloolaba Surf Club is launching a new tour of the club and beach that educates visitors about life a as surf lifesaver. Getaway is filming a segment about the tour with presenter Charli Robinson.

Behind-the-scenes tour of surf club attracts television appearance

Bundaberg: No one does life like us

It's the spirit of Bundaberg and it's about to go global in a $20m campaign. With celebrities coming to the rum city to shoot new commercial.

The Rum City hits screens around Australia tonight

BOOKS: Superstition a central theme in new outback thriller

Author Cassandra Austin.

Cassandra Austin is celebrating the release of her second novel

MKR recap: The secret ingredients to longevity and success

It’s chilli con carnage on MKR.

‘Turn up the heat’ means chillies. Lots of chillies.

Iconic North Coast post office up for sale

HISTORY: Nicole Swain is selling the historic Bangalow Post Office building this month.

Post office comes complete with the historic Lest We Forget clock

Opponents question Sekisui's 68% support claim

VIEW: An artist's impression of Sekisui House's proposal looking towards Mount Coolum.

Developer says it has 68% support, claims which raised some eyebrows

Council to take ownership of key CBD site

COUNCIL OWNED: The site of the new Ipswich CBD library and surrounding civic space is set to be owned by Ipswich City Council

New city library and civic space to be transferred from ICP

COMMENT: Pahlke not alone in opposition to small blocks

Cr David Pahlke

Councillor is simply saying what a lot of us are thinking

Old fireman's hall to make way for Maccas carpark

Workers remove the roof from the old firemans hall in Limestone Street in preparation for its demolition to extend the McDonald's carpark.

Demolition workers move in on Limestone St property

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!