Diesel removed from overturned engine

Workers at the scene of the derailment on Sunday evening.

Workers at the scene of the derailment on Sunday evening.

Mount Isa Police say workers on the scene of the overturned train engine in Mount Isa have removed all the diesel from the engine.

The engine overturned around 2pm Sunday – just a half hour after the bi-weekly train to Townsville left the station.

Emergency workers and rail staff worked all day to remove the diesel which leaked from the engine causing road closures in the Parkside area near the railway.

Police say the driver and his assistant were taken to Mount Isa hospital for observation but neither suffered major injuries and both have been released.

Police say workers at the scene will be working to lift the engine upright today so it can be taken away on a low-loader.

There is no word on the cause of the accident as yet.

All roads around the scene re-opened on Sunday evening.

The engine has QR on its logo but Police say it is the property of Aurizon.

The North West Star has contacted QR and Aurizon for comment.

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