An emergent situation has been declared in outback Queensland where a 26 carriage freight train carrying 200,000 litres of an extremely dangerous acid strong enough to dissolve a human body has derailed.
The train was reportedly loaded with 200,000 litres of highly corrosive sulfuric acid when it left the tracks alongside the Flinders Highway between Julia Creek and Richmond, about 500km west of Townsville, just before 10.30am AEST.
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Police have declared an emergent situation and have closed a section of the Flinders Highway to allow for emergency services to mop up the mess.
It’s understood three people on the train were taken to hospital after sustaining minor injuries in the accident.