Collision derails grain train west of Junee

Emma Alsop, March 8, 2023

Three of four locomotives are on the side following a derailment this morning on the Canola Way between Marrar and Old Junee.

AN EMPTY grain train has derailed following a collision with a truck and trailer at a level crossing between Marrar and Old Junee, north of Wagga Wagga at about 8.45am this morning.

Three patients sustained minor injuries in the collision, and were taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.

A total of four locomotives, including the three leading locomotives, and 15 wagons derailed.

The incident caused significant damage to the Southern Shorthaul Railroad-owned assets and the truck involved in the crash.

New South Wales Ambulance inspector Lindel Carey said the three men involved, the truck driver and two train drivers, were transported to hospital as a precaution.

“It’s always concerning when we’re called to incidents involving heavy vehicles,” Inspector Carey said in a statement.

“Thankfully…no one was seriously injured in this instance.”

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesperson said crews have remained on scene to monitor the locomotives, which were carrying a sizable amount of diesel fuel.

“The locomotives are carrying up 20,000 litres of fuel, but it is contained,” the spokesperson said.

An empty grain train and a truck and trailer collided this morning on the Canola Way between Marrar and Old Junee.

“Fire-fighters have remained, on scene making sure there is no leakage of that diesel fuel.

“They will work to recover that fuel before they right the trains.”

The site is currently quarantined by the rail regulator, Office of the National Rail Safety Regular, and police are also on site.

The train was travelling to Coolamon on the Junee-to-Griffith section of the UGL Regional Linx-managed Country Rail Network.

Owned by the NSW Government, this line is used primarily to carry grain and also runs passenger services.

At Junee, the line links to the Sydney-Melbourne line, which also provides access to two bulk export terminals at Port Kembla, and to domestic consumers.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said both freight and passenger train services on the railway line will be disrupted while the track remains closed.

“The track will be assessed for damage once relevant authorities have released the site for inspection,” the spokesperson said.

“UGL Regional Linx expects the track to reopen in approximately five days.”


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  1. Judith McLean, March 25, 2023

    How long before the Junee/Griffith line will be open again, thanking you

    • Liz Wells, March 27, 2023

      Transport for NSW has today advised the line is likely to reopen by this Friday.

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