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The Ghan passenger train has collided with a semitrailer north of Adelaide, the company that operates the train says.
The train, which was due to arrive in Adelaide at 1.10pm local time, hit the truck shortly before midday (12.30am Sydney time) at a crossing near Two Wells, about 20 kilometres north of Adelaide.
The driver, who had been trapped in the crushed cabin of the truck, was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for serious chest and head injuries, a South Australian Ambulance spokeswoman said.
Three of the 163 passengers aboard the train suffered shock, but the rest were not injured, ambulance officer Andrew Thomas said.
They were taken by bus to Adelaide, and the truck driver, a father of three aged in his 50s from Two Wells, was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life threatening chest injuries.
Great Southern Railway chief executive Tony Braxton-Smith said police and investigators had taken control of the crash site.
"As I understand it, the damage sustained to the train is minor,'' Mr Braxton-Smith told ABC Radio.
"The truck exploded in segments ... [it] didn't stop at all,'' witness Matthew Stewart said.
The train line has closed with Great Southern Railways and police continuing investigations.
The accident occurred at a crossing three kilometres north of Two Wells at Temby Road, said Sophie Dent, a spokeswoman for Great Southern Railway, operators of the Ghan.
There would be no delays to future Ghan journeys as only the locomotive, or engine, was damaged during the accident, she added.
Dylan Welch - with Yuko Narushima and AAP
August 6, 2007 - 5:13PM
The Sydney Morning Herald
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