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Derailment cuts line

Friday, 18th January, 2013

By Andrew Robertson

Passenger and freight services face disruption after a freight train derailed on the east-west rail line near Yunta yesterday afternoon.

The train was travelling from Perth to Sydney when a number of its wagons left the track just before 3pm about two kilometres east of Yunta, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) said last night.

A spokesman said it was unclear how many wagons had derailed, but initial reports indicate between six and 10 of the rear wagons had derailed.

He said initial estimates were about 300m of track had been damaged.

There were no injuries reported to the train crew.

"The train line is closed in the interim, and there currently is no forecast for a return to services while the re-railing requirements are assessed and any damage to the track repaired," the spokesman said.

"It is however expected to be a number of days."

He said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) had been advised of the incident, and ARTC will also investigate the cause of the incident.

The ABC reported that members of the SA Country Fire Service had been called to the scene to put out a fire that started as a result of the derailment.

A picture of the train on the ABC's website showed a number of wagons off the track, though still upright.

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