Jan 20, 2020

Coal network derailment sparks cancellations

Coal network derailment sparks cancellations

Aurizon expects Central Queensland coal traffic to be disrupted for a number of days after an unloaded coal train derailed near Middlemount.

A company spokeswoman said the two train drivers involved in the incident, about 1pm Sunday, were uninjured.

“A locomotive and a number of wagons have been derailed. There is also damage to the track and the overhead power lines,” she said.

“Aurizon has mobilised recovery crews. It is anticipated the recovery will take a number of days and there will be train cancellations as a result.

“Aurizon has notified customers who operate coal mines in this area.  The cause of the derailment is unknown at this stage. ”

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