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A sugar mill in far north Queensland has defended the condition of its rail lines, after a cane train plummeted into a creek yesterday.
The 40-tonne locomotive was going across an old wooden bridge which gave way, sending the train into a creek at Gordonvale, south of Cairns.
Police say the bridge was about 150 years old.
Mulgrave Central Mill general manager Peter Flanders says the bridge was inspected two weeks ago.
"By and large our bridges are in very good condition," he said.
"We have a fairly major inspection program which we actually increased last year, so no I don't have concerns about any other bridges.
"We have an extensive inspection program and and we also have a modernisation program, so we normally upgrade a couple of bridges a year.
"It's just unusual circumstances for why that one's happened. We inspected it about two weeks ago plus did a visual on it that morning."
He says local flooding may have caused the bridge collapse.
Two people on the locomotive received minor injuries and walked to a nearby house at Gordonvale to raise the alarm.
They were treated at the Cairns Base Hospital.
A crane and fire crews will remove the train from the creek this morning.
Workplace health and safety is investigating the accident.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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