Date of occurrence:


Derailment of the unloaded ore train 9915 on Malmbanan

On February 24, 2024, an iron ore train derailed at Vassijaure station on Malmbanan. There were no injuries, but damage to vehicles and infrastructure.

The train consisted of two locomotives and 68 unloaded ore wagons on its way from Narvik to Kiruna.

Investigative measures that have been carried out on site indicate that the train had stopped, waiting for snow removal which took place on Vassijaure station. The train made limited movements towards the stop signal. The weather was windy and the temperature around zero degrees. During the slow movements that took place through a left curve, some wheels appear to have derailed to the left. During the continued journey, which lasted approximately 1.5 kilometres, sleepers and a catenary pole were damaged. There was also damage to the switch leading into Vassijaure station.

At the station, the derailed axles passed on to the platform, to the left in the direction of travel. This worsened the derailment and pushed several wagons off the track and the train emergency braked. In total, seven wagons were derailed.

SHK has investigated the accident site, LKAB Malmtrafik AB has recovered the train and the Swedish Transport Administration restored the infrastructure. Traffic could be reopened again on March 6.

SHK’s investigation continues.


Jonas Bäckstrand

Investigator in charge

Mikael Hillbo

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Last updated:
11 March 2024