A TRAIN has derailed near Pine Creek but the company that own the railway is trying to keep it secret.
The NT News has confirmed the derailment – believed to be a freight train - happened about 230km south of Darwin late yesterday.
The extent of the crash and damage is unknown – but it is believed there are no injuries.
However, rail line owner Genesee and Wyoming Australia has gone to ground.
The NT News has called all 10 phone numbers listed on the Genesee and Wyoming Australia website several times. We have also called the media mobile number.
So far, only one person has answered the phone - and he said he didn't know anything.
NT Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment director of corporate communications Cassandra Buckley said she was unable to comment because the railway is run by a “private provider”.
“You will need to contact the media people at Genesee and Wyoming Australia.,” she said.
The Ghan passenger train has been forced to stop because of the incident, with passengers travelling to Darwin on buses for the remainder of the journey.
In December 2011, a Genesee and Wyoming train derailed and spilt about 1200 tonnes of toxic copper concentrate into the Edith River, north of Katherine.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is aware of the latest derailment.
The Genesee and Wyoming freight train derailed at the Edith River Crossing in 2011. Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Source: NT News