Loaded coal train derails

A fully laden coal train has derailed in New England, on its way to Newcastle.

The train derailed from a bridge yesterday afternoon just south of Boggabri, in an incident which saw five wagons plunge of the bridge, according to the Naomi Valley Independent.

The bridge itself was badly damaged in the incident, and has forced Countrylink passengers to travel by bus for the foreseeable future.

No one was injured in the accident.

Late last week another coal train derailed in the Illawarra region.

In similar circumstances a fully laden coal train on its way to Port Kembla from Helensburgh saw five wagons derail, blocking the track.

Coal had to be unloaded from the wagons before they could be removed.

Earlier this month a QR National coal trail jumped the tracks in Queensland in an incident which saw 20 wagons come off the rail.

In September a fully laden coal train derailed in the Hunter Valley after the train's axle broke.


Image: Keith Millerd / Naomi Valley Independent

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