Freight train carrying steel derails in Casino

ABOVE: A freight train was derailed in Casino on Thursday, March 17. Photos: Rodney Foster

Susanna Freymark

A freight train carrying large sheets of flat steel was derailed in Casino last night, Thursday, March 18.

The rear eight carriages of the freight train derailed north of Casino Railway Station platform.

The front of the train stopped near the meat works, leaving the Hotham St level crossing blocked.

Tracks and carriages were damaged but no houses or power poles  were impacted, although emergency services said it was very close.

There were no fire or hazmat concerns.

Casino’s Fire and Rescue crew attended the scene as well as a unit from Lismore and police and ambulance crews.

“Once we had determined that there were minimal safety concerns we handed the site over to ARTC and dismissed,” a Fire and Rescue representative said.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation crew believe that once the freight part of the train was moved away, clearing the Hotham St level crossing, they will be able to put other trains through Casino onto an adjacent track, allowing rail traffic to resume.

The train driver was not injured and there were no passengers on the train.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation by the ARTC.

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