Queensland

Queensland freight train carrying sulphuric acid derailed

A freight train carrying about 200,000 litres of sulphuric acid has derailed in Queensland's north west.

Police shut the Flinders Highway in both directions between Julia Creek and Richmond and enacted an emergent declaration covering a two kilometre exclusion zone around the crash.

Queensland acid train derailed

RAW: Bad weather is hampering the recovery effort for a train carrying 200,000 litres of sulphuric acid which derailed at Julia Creek in remote Queensland. (Vision courtesy Queensland Police)

The exclusion zone remained in place at 10am Monday.

Authorities received the emergency call just before 10.30am on Sunday, and closed off the area about an hour later.

An Aurizon freight train lies beside the tracks after derailing near Julia Creek in Queensland's north-west.
An Aurizon freight train lies beside the tracks after derailing near Julia Creek in Queensland's north-west. Photo: Queensland Police

All 26 carriages on the locomotive derailed about 150m from the highway, with the train on its side.  Three Aurizon employees on board were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Investigations into what caused the crash are on-going. The area was expected to remain closed well into Sunday afternoon, with the clean up expected to take some time.

A road remains closed at Julia Creek after the train derailment.
A road remains closed at Julia Creek after the train derailment. Photo: Shauna Royes/Facebook

Sulphuric acid is a highly corrosive substance, which can cause serious burns if it comes in contact with human skin.

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