Wednesday, 2nd April, 2008
A train rolled from the shunting yards yesterday and went off the rails near the South overpass.
Police Duty Officer Dave Gallagher said emergency services were called to the incident at 12.15pm and found a locomotive and three front carriages derailed. Police, fire and ambulance attended the accident.
There was no-one on board the locomotive and no one was injured. Sgt Gallagher said there was extensive damage to the locomotive and track but no structural damage to the overpass. The police are conducting an inquiry.
A spokesman for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) yesterday said that the locomotive rolled from a stationary position and was caught in the shunting yard's 'catch points', which resulted in the derailment. "Catch points are designed to protect the rest of the track," he said. He said an ARTC recovery team were on site conducting an investigation into the incident. "Any required repairs will be made and the locomotive and wagons will be put back on track," he said.
A crane later removed the locomotive and the damaged wagons. The derailment did not result in any line closures, or affect any freight or passenger services passing through the city.