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2016/03

Report on collision between passenger train and a work train at Aker in Oslo on 10 March 2015

A work train was on its way to an assignment with a crane wagon in tow when the jib swung into the opposite track and hit a passenger train. The jib should have been held in place by the transport securing devices, but they failed.

No one was injured in the collision, but under slightly different circumstances, the incident could have led to a serious accident.

More than 100 other railway cranes and crane wagons are available for use on the national railway network. If they are not sufficiently secured, they can represent the same type of risk. The Accident Investigation Board Norway submits one safety recommendation.

The video below is from the reconstruction after the collision showing that the jib moves during transport.

Safety recommendation

Safety recommendation JB no 2016/02T

On Tuesday 10 March 2015, the jib of a crane in work train 55208 hit a passenger train at Aker station in Oslo. Two barriers that should have prevented the jib from moving during transport failed in connection with this accident. More than 100 other railway cranes and crane wagons are available for use on the national railway network. If they are not sufficiently secured, they can represent the same type of risk.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway recommends that the Norwegian Railway Authority ensures that the Norwegian National Rail Administration has sufficient barriers against movement in place on plant such as cranes etc. during transport on all rolling stock it owns or hires.

Facts

Location Aker station
Occurrence date 10.03.2015
Train No 7224 og arbeidsmaskin
Type of Transportation Working engine, Passenger train
Type of occurrence Collision
Rolling Stock Multippel Unit (MU)

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