North and southbound lanes of the main coastal rail line remain closed at Raglan after a train carrying fruit was derailed yesterday afternoon.
North and southbound lanes of the main coastal rail line remain closed at Raglan after a train carrying fruit was derailed yesterday afternoon. CHRIS ISON Ci

Fruit train derails, driver unhurt

THE driver of a freight train was stranded in his cab yesterday afternoon after carriages derailed and brought down electricity lines.

The man was trapped in the locomotive until power was cut to the section of track, about three kilometres south of Raglan.

The driver of the train, which was carrying fruit from Cairns to Brisbane, was not hurt.

An investigation into the cause of the derailment, approximately 60 kilometres south of Rockhampton, is under way.

Coal and passenger trains were halted and last night Queensland Rail said it could not estimate when the North Coast Line would re-open.

Passengers on the north-bound tilt train that left Brisbane yesterday morning got off the train at Gladstone and continued to Rocky last night by bus. Today’s tilt train service from Rocky will start in Gladstone.



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