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Truck crash with coal train causes delays on Capricorn Hwy

AN AURIZON freight derailment on the Capricorn Hwy, about 70km west of Rockhampton, has suspended traffic on both sides of the track this morning.

An Aurizon spokesperson said two wagons on the empty coal train were reportedly struck by a truck overnight, causing minor injuries for the truck driver.

"The two train drivers were uninjured," they said.

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

They said services were expected to resume on one of the lines later today, subject to further assessment and progress by recovery teams currently on site.

Passengers aboard the Spirit of the Outback were caught in the delays.

Bound for Longreach, the train left Rockhampton at about 9 this morning, but the trip was terminated at Rockhampton due to the accident.

Rotherys coaches are now transporting passengers from Rockhampton to Longreach, stopping at intermediate stations.

A new timetable can be found at link below:

https://www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au/RailServices/ServiceUpdates/Pages/The-Westbound-Spirit-of-the-Outback---Brisbane-to-Longreach29Sept15.aspx

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