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A small tornado is thought to have caused a freight train derailment near Marla in outback South Australia.
Emergency services personnel say 17 freight wagons left the track, about 8:15am ACDT.
The accident has caused a fuel spill on the track, 87 kilometres south of Marla, on the Adelaide-Darwin line.
Police and fire crews have gone to the scene.
They say no-one has been injured.
The operator of the Ghan passenger train, which uses the same rail line, says more than 200 travellers will now be transferred onto buses and flights between Alice Springs and Adelaide.
The Adelaide-bound Ghan service arrived in Alice Springs today, carrying 220 passengers.
Great Southern Rail CEO Tony Braxton-Smith said arrangements were being made to get people to Adelaide.
"We have arranged for those that were travelling in our red service, which is our economy service, to travel by bus," he said.
"We are presently exploring the alternatives with a number of airlines on either a charter flight or on commercial flights to ensure the rest of our guests arrive at their destination tomorrow."
Mr Braxton-Smith does not yet know what will happen to a weekend Ghan service.
"It's too early to say exactly what will happen with the train or the service that was scheduled to depart from Adelaide on Sunday," he said.
"At this stage we're hopeful that the track will be repaired but we're really dependent upon the owner of the track."
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