TRACKS BLOCKED: The derailed coal train blocking inbound and outbound tracks near Coppabella was cleared yesterday.
TRACKS BLOCKED: The derailed coal train blocking inbound and outbound tracks near Coppabella was cleared yesterday. Contributed

Goonyella line back in action

A DERAILED train blocking the Goonyella coal line was removed on Tuesday.

The empty, driverless coal train derailed near Coppabella, blocking inbound and outbound tracks.

The remotely-run train had no crew on board and the empty wagons and the engine ended up on their sides across the tracks.

An Aurizon representative said the crash occurred about 2pm on Friday.

"A remote locomotive (driverless) and a number of wagons derailed," the representative said. "Track crews have since cleared all rollingstock and restored the track. The line was reopened to all traffic (Tuesday) morning.

"An investigation into the cause of the derailment has commenced."

Rail Bus and Tram Union central branch organiser Bruce Mackie said he understood heat had buckled the tracks.

"There was extreme heat on Friday and our members are reporting it appears the track buckled from it," Mr Mackie said.

The Aurizon representative said the company had worked to minimise coal transport disruptions following the crash.

"Aurizon worked closely with other rail operators, customers and supply chain partners to minimise service disruptions," they said.

Aurizon would not comment on how much the crash cost to coal production or in repairs.


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