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Inland Rail opponents have reignited calls to halt freight trains through high-density suburbs after a terrifying derailment in New South Wales today.
Inspecting the damage at the site near Nana Glen, NSW.
Reports confirmed a 1460-metre freight train was involved.
One locomotive was left standing on the track but two locomotives crashed and fell on their sides along with more than 300 metres of carriages.
No injuries were reported.
There were also reports of dangerous goods being transported on four of the carriages with the most dangerous on the last two carriages.
Diesel leaks from the side of one of the locomotives.It is unknown what the dangerous goods are or if any of those carriages were derailed.
Emergency services appeared to be having trouble accessing the crash site due to flooding around Orara River.
The site was difficult to access for emergency services.
A command post has been established at the Nana Glen Rural Fire Station.
Support and emergency services were at the scene.
Inland Rail opponents from Logan Suz and Stan Corbett said the crash highlighted the need for the trains to be kept out of suburbia.
Crash ... Inland Rail opponents want Inland Rail freight trains to be kept out of high density suburbs in Logan.
“It is not an Inland Rail train but this happened on the same New South Wales – Queensland line coming through our suburbs,” Mrs Corbett said.
“Just imagine if this happened here in the high-density corridor suburbs of Hillcrest, Forestdale, Algester and Flagstone.
“These freight trains, between Sydney and Acacia Ridge, should terminate at Bromelton to prevent them passing through Logan and Brisbane.
“Fortunately this time there were no casualties. Emergency services here would also have trouble accessing this train corridor.”
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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