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A Ghan train travelling between Alice Springs and Adelaide has derailed after hitting a large bull.
Senior Sergeant Michael Potts says the south-bound passenger train hit and killed a large bull on the railway line near Rose Hill Station in South Australia last night.
Great Southern Rail originally said the train had hit a camel.
Senior Sergeant Potts says only the locomotive derailed and the railway line was cleared by 4am today.
"The Adelaide-bound train is due into Adelaide around about 0200 hours tomorrow morning, 2am, which puts it about 14 hours behind schedule," he said.
"There's no injuries.
"The original locomotive driver I believe is still with the new locomotive unit and still heading down towards Adelaide."
Earlier, Sergeant Owen Auricht expressed surprise that livestock caused the derailment.
"Trains do hit livestock on occasions and generally result in nil damage to the locomotion engine.
"The shear weight of them, they're over 200 tonne just in the elite engine, so generally it takes a lot to stop them.
"So it is very surprising that damage has resulted as a reason of this."
The last derailment on the Adelaide to Darwin railway was almost a year ago, when four freight carriages derailed near Katherine.
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