Statement regarding ATSB report into fatal level crossing collision at the Kianawah Road, February 2021


Please attribute to Queensland Rail CEO Kat Stapleton:

Queensland Rail acknowledges the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's (ATSB) final report into the fatal level crossing collision at the Kianawah Road level crossing at Wynnum West on 26 February 2021.

On that afternoon, a motor vehicle turning on to the Kianawah Road level crossing collided with a Queensland Rail suburban express passenger train.

The sole occupant of the vehicle was fatally injured, and the motor vehicle was destroyed.

The only two occupants of the train, the driver and guard, were not injured.

The boom barriers were in the lowered position and flashing lights were active at the level crossing at the time of the incident.

Today we once again offer our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the person who tragically lost their life.

Queensland Rail's primary responsibility is to operate a safe railway.

Since the incident, we have worked closely with the Brisbane City Council (BCC) and Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to improve safety at the Kianawah Road level crossing.

The ATSB report confirms that Queensland Rail has adequately addressed all safety concerns identified at this crossing.

All SEQ level crossings have been inspected and there is a regular program of inspection to monitor their safety.

In addition, we have increased the trained resources to undertake level crossing assessments using the Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model tool (ALCAM).

We've also installed a longer boom arm at this location and BCC has updated the road markings.

BCC has also installed a new traffic island to ensure the boom arm, when lowered, is positioned above the median traffic island.

As well, an interface agreement between Queensland Rail and BCC has been formalised.

Queensland Rail continues to work closely with BCC and TMR to support road safety improvements at the intersection.

All levels of government are also working together to progress a precinct study for the site, which will investigate the feasibility of a long-term grade separation. ​

Queensland Rail is also undertaking a full accessibility upgrade to Lindum station, including moving the station further away from the intersection. 


For further details contact Queensland Rail Corporate Affairs on:

Phone: 07 3072 2180