Qld train derails spilling sulfuric acid

Three people are believed injured and emergency crews are cleaning up a spill of sulfuric acid and diesel fuel after a freight train derailed in Qld.

Freight train derailment near Julia Creek, Queensland (QLD Police)

Police and emergency services continue assess the scene of a derailment of a train at Julia Creek, QLD (QLD Police) Source: Qld Police

A freight train has derailed in mid northern Queensland, spilling diesel fuel and 200,000 litres of sulfuric acid.

Three men are believed to have been injured in the accident in which all 26 carriages came off the tracks.

Police have established a 2km exclusion zone at the site, 20km east of Julia Creek.

Train derailed near Julia Creek, QLD
A freight train carrying approximately 200,000 litres of sulphuric acid has derailed east of Julia Creek in north-west Queensland. (QLD Police) Source: Qld Police

The Flinders Highway, the main road between Mount Isa and Townsville, has been closed in both directions from Julia Creek to Richmond.

The exclusion zone is expected to remain in place until late this afternoon.

Locomotive detailed near Julia Creek, QLD.
The locomotive and all 26 carriages derailed at 10:20am about 20 kilometres east of the outback town. (QLD Police) Source: Qld Police

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Published 27 December 2015 at 2:50pm
Source: AAP