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COMMUTERS north of Brisbane face a long journey to work this morning after services have been suspended when a train collided with a stolen car left across the tracks.
The incident occurred at Landsborough station on the Sunshine Coast, and the resulting closure affects both north and southbound services between Nambour and Caboolture.
“Preliminary information suggests that at around 5am the northbound goods train struck a car at the railway crossing on Caloundra Street at Landsborough,” Queensland Police said. “The vehicle was unoccupied and police investigations into how it came to be on the railway crossing are continuing. The vehicle had been stolen earlier from Landsborough.
“The train pushed the car approximately 100 metres north before stopping with debris spread across by both railway lines.”
On its website, Translink confirmed the delays.
“At the request of police, Sunshine Coast line trains are suspended in both directions between Nambour and Caboolture stations,” Translink said. “Customers can expect delays of up to 60 minutes.
“Alternative transport are being arranged to transport customers.” Buses were organised to replace trains between Nambour and Caboolture.
A police spokesman said emergency services were called to the railway crossing on Caloundra St in Landsborough about 4.45am after the northbound freight train stuck the unoccupied sedan.
“It pushed the vehicle down the track about 100m,” the spokesman said.
A Queensland Ambulance Services spokeswoman confirmed crews attended but said no patients were treated.
“The train driver was assessed but did not require transport to hospital,” QAS said.
The car was removed by 8am but trains are still suspended.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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