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Friday, June 21, 2024

Man dies in Westwood train collision

A 49-year-old rail worker has died after a train collided with a carriage loaded with coal near Rockhampton just before lunchtime today.

Police say that at around 11.40am the two trains collided – one an empty locomotive travelling westbound and the other also travelling west loaded with coal.

“Three workers were injured, including a 49-year-old Margate man who died at the scene,” Queensland Police said in a statement this afternoon.

“A 43-year-old man suffered a broken leg and was airlifted to the Rockhampton Hospital and a 41-year-old man sustained minor injuries and was transported to the same hospital by road.”

The Capricorn Highway was closed for around two hours.

Forensic Crash Unit investigations are continuing.

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