Spirit of the Outback passengers being bused to Rocky and Longreach
Spirit of the Outback passengers being bused to Rocky and Longreach Detours

Speed limit changes on highway following train derailment

UPDATE 4.38PM: CHANGES to the speed limit on the Capricorn Hwy at Gogango will be reduced to 80km/h tomorrow and Friday following the derailment of a coal train yesterday. 

The Department of Transport and Main Roads advises motorists that the speed limit changes will be in place from from 5am tomorrow to 5pm Friday to allow equipment to reposition wagons from the train.

Advisory signage will be in place on the approaches to the temporary speed change and motorists are reminded to be aware of the changed traffic conditions in the area.     

 

 

PASSENGERS on Spirit of the Outback are being bused to Central Queensland towns due to a suspected derailment.

A passenger on the train says the train has stopped near Westwood, before the sharp turn into Rockhampton.

Queensland Rail have posted this message on their website;

"Due to a freight train derailment the westbound Spirit of the Outback will now be terminating at Rockhampton. Rotherys coaches will convey customers from Rockhampton to Longreach and intermediate stations, running to the following timetable."

Train left at 9am, bound for Longreach.

A bread truck rolled at Gogango this morning and reports indicated two coal train wagons rolled in the accident. Read more about that accident here: Bread the only victim of truck rollover at Gogango

An Aurizon spokeswoman said two wagons on an empty coal train have been derailed after being reportedly struck by a truck in a traffic accident on the Capricorn Highway, about 70 kilometres west of Rockhampton overnight.

"The truck driver has some minor injuries. The two train drivers were uninjured.

"A number of overhead electrical masts and some railway track have been damaged. 

"Rail traffic on both tracks has been suspended. Aurizon recovery crews are on site. Rail services are expected to resume on one of the lines later today, subject to further assessment and progress by recovery teams."


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