An update from Queensland Rail Acting CEO, Kat Stapleton:
A freight train transporting fertiliser has derailed near Charters Towers on the Mount Isa line this morning (Wednesday, 30 December 2020).
The drivers onboard were uninjured, however a number of wagons have been impacted.
As a result, the Mount Isa line is closed to all rail traffic between Charters Towers and Townsville.
Queensland Rail staff have been deployed to undertake an initial assessment and plan a safe recovery.
Regular updates will be provided to the community, freight partners and stakeholder as investigations and recovery efforts take place.