Queensland Rail 'deeply saddened' by train collision

Queensland Rail CEO Nick Easy "deeply saddened and distressed" by Westwood coal train collision

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Queensland Rail has released a statement regarding the collision between a light engine locomotive and coal train at Westwood, west of Rockhampton on Friday 18 June. Picture: RACQ CapRescue

Queensland Rail has released a statement regarding the collision between a light engine locomotive and coal train at Westwood, west of Rockhampton on Friday 18 June. Picture: RACQ CapRescue

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Investigations into the train collision west of Rockhampton last Friday are ongoing.

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QUEENSLAND Rail has released a statement following the fatal train collision at Westwood, west of Rockhampton on Friday 18 June, which a 40-year-old Margate man died.

The employee was one of three Queensland Rail employees involved in a collision between a light engine locomotive and coal train at Westwood.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:20am last Friday, when the locomotive, with three Queensland Rail drivers on board, and a coal train collided approximately 80 kilometres west of Rockhampton on the Aurizon network.

Related: Forty-year-old Margate man killed after two trains collide at Westwood, west of Rockhampton

One driver has non-life threatening injuries and is being treated in hospital, while a second driver has sustained multiple injuries and is being treated in hospital.

Queensland Rail CEO Nick Easy said the transport industry is mourning the loss of their employee.

"We are deeply saddened and distressed by the incident and our priority is the welfare of our people and the families of the drivers involved." Mr Easy said.

"Queensland Rail is grateful for the efforts of Queensland Emergency Services personnel and the Aurizon team who attended the scene.

"Given the nature of the incident, it is not appropriate to comment or speculate further on the potential cause."

Mr Easy said Queensland Rail has notified the Rail Safety Regulator and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and will be cooperating fully with all investigations.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

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