Freight train with “hazardous material” derails in Queensland

A freight train believed to be transporting hazardous material has derailed in mid-north Queensland.

It is understood a number of the train’s wagons came off the tracks around 15km east of Julia Creek just after 4.30am this morning.

The train, which was reportedly travelling from Townsville to Mount Isa, is believed to be still intact and sitting upright.


Exactly what type of material the train was carrying remains unknown.

It’s the second train to derail in the area in the last six months.

A freight train with 26 wagons derailed at Julia Creek in December last year.

That train was carrying 819,000 of sulphuric acid, more than 31,000 litres of which spilled into a nearby creek.