derail

Posted by msmani on Jul. 29, 2008

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derailed on Tuesday 29/01/2008 at 16.32. The derailment happened between Breeza & Werris Creek, northern NSW, Australia. The Boggabri loaded coal train was 750 meters long & had a gross weight of approx 4200 tonnes. The tenth wagon back from the locomotives, two 82 class engines, derailed taking the next eighteen wagons with it. Approx 1500 tonnes of coal was spilt. Both crew members were uninjured in the incident. Cause of derailment is yet to be determined, train was travelling at approx 70km/h. Wagons & track were extensively damaged. The clean up operations are expected to take a few days. Video was taken by helicopter JOA, a bell 206 from Precision Helicopters, which happened to be in area at the time.

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