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Coal train crash in Queensland

The Goonyella
coal line was blocked for several days last week after an unmanned train
derailed.

The driverless
train had no crew and was empty when it derailed at around 2pm last Friday, Daily Mercury reported.

“A remote locomotive (driverless) and a number of
wagons derailed,” an Aurizon spokesperson said.

“Track crews have since cleared all rollingstock and
restored the track. The line was reopened to all traffic (Tuesday) morning.”

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

Aurizon said it had worked with miners to minimise coal
transport disruptions.

Rail Bus and Tram Union central branch organiser Bruce
Mackie said heat was a factor in the incident.

“There was extreme heat on Friday and our members
are reporting it appears the track buckled from it,” Mackie said.

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