Queensland Rail's north-bound Cairns Tilt Train collided with a vehicle near Farleigh.
Queensland Rail's north-bound Cairns Tilt Train collided with a vehicle near Farleigh. Tony Martin

Tilt Train and car collide

PASSENGERS from Queensland Rail's north-bound Cairns Tilt Train, which collided with a vehicle near Farleigh at 7.12am today, are now being bused to their locations.

The train was taken to the Mackay railway station after the collision, which occurred at Knobels Rd level crossing.

Thirty-four people were on board the train, including 127 customers, and a Queensland Rail spokeswoman said no injuries were reported.

"A site inspection has been conducted and the level crossing has been reopened for rail traffic," she said.

The level crossing was protected by a stop sign and railway crossing signs, the spokeswoman said.

Queensland Rail acting chief executive officer Jim Benstead said the incident was a sobering reminder of the importance of vigilance at level crossings.

"I am relieved that no-one was injured in this incident - any near miss, any collision, is one too many for Queensland Rail," he said.

"At this time we are working to support our customers and our employees who are understandably shaken by the incident.

"We will co-operate with the rail safety regulator to understand the circumstances of this incident and to work to reduce the likelihood of this happening again."



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