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A 55-year-old truck driver has been seriously injured in a fiery collision between a coal train and a semi-trailer at a level crossing in north Queensland.
The collision at Koolachu Siding, about 10km north of Proserpine, derailed the train's two locomotives and a number of empty carriages around 10am (AEST).
The truck driver from Bundaberg was found 100 metres from the crash site lying in a cane field, a RACQ central Queensland rescue helicopter spokeswoman said.
"We're not sure why (he was in the cane field). We have conflicting stories whether he was thrown or the train driver dragged him out," she said.
"The driver of the train blew the horn about 500 metres before hitting the truck."
She said it was unclear whether the truck broke down or was driving through the level crossing.
Fire destroyed the truck and engulfed one of the train's locomotives.
The blaze also caused a grass fire.
Both have been put out by emergency services.
The 62-year-old train driver from Pioneer Valley is being treated for arm injuries.
Both drivers were airlifted to the Mackay Base Hospital.
Queensland Rail (QR) said the train was travelling south to a coal mine at Moranbah.
Passenger and freight rail services between Townsville and Mackay were expected to be affected for at least 24 hours.
"People should take special care and obey all traffic signs and signals when approaching level crossings," QR chief executive Lance Hockridge said.
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