UPDATE: Aurizon confirms it was their train that derailed
6AM: AURIZON has confirmed it was their train involved in today’s derailment between Dysart and Middlemount.
An Aurizon spokesperson has provided a statement to The Morning Bulletin.
“An unloaded coal train has derailed near Middlemount in Central Queensland. The two train drivers are uninjured,” a spokesperson said.
“A locomotive and a number of wagons have been derailed. There is also damage to the track and the overhead power lines.
“Aurizon has mobilised recovery crews.
“It is anticipated the recovery will take a number of days and there will train cancellations as a result.
“Aurizon has notified customers who operate coal mines in this area.”
3.10PM: QUEENSLAND Police have confirmed there was extensive damage to the area surrounding the coal train derailment between Dysart and Middlemount.
A QPS spokesperson said 25 to 30 empty coal bins had tipped over as a result of the derailment.
There was extensive damage to the surrounding infrastructure including powerlines which had come down starting a small grass fire, which has now been extinguished.
Police are liasing with Central Highlands Council and the train company to organise for traffic control in the area surrounding the rail and road corridor.
2.25PM: A QFES spokesperson has provided further details about this afternoon’s train derailment between Dysart in Middlemount.
The spokesperson believed there were no injuries from the train leaving the tracks but there was problem with obtaining access to the scene of the crash.
This was due to concerns regarding live power lines which may be in contact with the train.
QFES are waiting for the people in charge of the rail infrastructure to turn off the power.
1.55PM: EARLY reports are coming in describing a train derailment in Western CQ, approximately halfway between Dysart and Middlemount.
Queensland Police said they were advised about the incident near Dysart-Middlemount Rd just after 1pm.
Multiple emergency crews are on their way to the scene.
It is understood that a number of carriages blocking road access to the scene.
There are reports of downed powerlines and a possible fire.
QFES crews have been warned to to use caution and treat all powerlines as live.
More to follow.