One dead, one man critical

ONE person is dead and another is in a critical condition following a collision between a coal train and four-wheel-drive near Moranbah yesterday.

 The incident occurred about 10.35am when a Queensland Rail National coal train collided with the vehicle at a level crossing near the Goonyella coal mine, north-west of Moranbah.

The driver of the car was declared deceased at the scene while the passenger was treated for head and chest injuries and transported in a critical condition to Townsville Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

A police spokesperson said firefighters and a mine rescue team used cutting equipment to free a man from the vehicle.

Power to the area of train line was shut down for around six hours while investigations were carried out.

Goonyella Riverside mine was closed after the incident.

“The safety of our workforce and their families remains our number one priority,” said a BMA spokesperson.

“Counselling is available for both employees and contractors seeking assistance.”

The spokesperson could not confirm if the crash victims were workers of the mine.

QR external communications manager Garry West said the two train drivers were not injured.

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