Aurizon says it is a black day after three workers killed

9.40am: AURIZON is offering support and counselling to the families and work colleagues of three Central Queensland men tragically killed in a road accident in Central Queensland overnight.

At around 7pm last night, two Aurizon train drivers and an Aurizon contractor were tragically killed when a car and truck collided near Stanwell, west of Rockhampton.

They were travelling to a point for a crew change for a coal train.

The Queensland Police Service is yet to release the names of the men killed in this tragic accident, pending contact with the respective families.

"This is a black day for everyone in Aurizon and our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of the men, and the workmates who were on site at the time of the incident, " Managing Director and CEO Lance Hockridge said today.

"They will be sadly missed and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to their families at this deeply traumatic and difficult time. Aurizon is offering our full support to families and work colleagues at this deeply distressing time.

"Aurizon is also assisting Queensland Police in every way we can with the investigations to determine the circumstances of this tragic accident. Safety for our employees remains our utmost priority and we must do all we can to better understand what happened."

Aurizon last night brought together a team of key management and HR support staff to travel to Rockhampton today to assist local management and employees. Aurizon is providing full support to those affected including access to counselling services.

5.30am: POLICE have confirmed three people have died following a traffic crash on the Capricorn Highway, five kilometres west of Stanwell on Thursday night.

Police said that around 7pm, a truck and a vehicle collided.

The three victims were pronounced dead at the scene; a 53-year-old Rockhampton man, a 56-year-old Rockhampton man and a 21-year-old Gladstone man who was the driver of the vehicle.

The highway has been reopened.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash.

UPDATE 8pm: The Capricorn Highway near Stanwell is blocked in both directions after a crash between a fuel tanker and a four-wheel drive.

Three people are believed to have died in the accident about 5km west of the township.

The tanker is intact and has not exploded.

Emergency services are urging motorists to avoid the area if they can as the highway is expected to be blocked for some hours.

There were not details regarding detours at this time.

7.15pm: EMERGENCY crews are headed to a serious traffic crash at Stanwell.

It's believed a truck and a four-wheel drive are involved in the crash that happened around 7pm.

The conditions of the occupants aren't known at this stage.

Rockhampton and Gracemere fire units are on their way.  

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