Aurizon Coal Train Accident Kills One Person
Australian media reported a 49 year old man died and two other were injured after loaded coal train crashed into another locomotive at Westwood near Rockhampton in Queensland in Australia on 18 June. Both trains were travelling west when the crash happened. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating. A spokesperson of Aurizon said “Aurizon is assisting emergency services with access to the rail corridor at Westwood, west of Rockhampton, following an accident just after 11am today. A locomotive, owned by another rail operator, has struck the rear of a stationary Aurizon coal train.”
The Blackwater system links Central Queensland mines from the Bowen Basin to two export terminals at the Port of Gladstone RG Tanna Coal Terminal and the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, The Blackwater Coal Rail System is one of four systems in Aurizon's Central Queensland Coal Network. It has the largest route length of the four coal systems. Some of the coking coal mines located along the Blackwater Line include Blackwater Mine, Curragh, Jellinbah and Yarrabee.