National Rail Derailment at Junee 23/12/99 8:08am


A freight train derailed in southern NSW this morning blocked three tracks of a major railway interchange.Five carriages from a National Rail Corporation train travelling from Brisbane to Dynon in Victoria derailed at Junee at 8.08am (AEDT).

There were no injuries, an ambulance spokeswoman said.
The accident occurred where the Riverina Line intersects with Olympic Way.

CityRail spokesman Wayne Geddes said some of the containers on the train were flung onto platforms at Junee Railway Station.

He said three tracks had also been blocked but other tracks were open through the town. A fire brigade spokesman said crews were at the scene to ensure there was no hazardous material on board the train.

He said one box car was lying on its side and a signal gantry had been wrecked. CityRail's Countrylink XPT train travelling from Sydney to Melbourne this morning would not be affected by the derailment, Geddes said. It was the second train derailment in NSW in a week.

Geddes said two National Rail Corporation locomotives were pulling 22 wagons. A container on one of the last two wagons hit a signal box, causing the derailment. That container was now resting on the Junee station platform.

The train had stopped in Junee for a crew change and had just pulled out of the station when the derailment occurred.
There were two people on board, the driver and an observer.

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