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Train derails after hitting truck on crossing in Northern Tasmania

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The incident in Westbury on Monday afternoon. Image / 7 Tasmania News

A train and a truck have collided at a railway crossing in Westbury, near Launceston, this evening.

Dozens of emergency responders were called to the collision on Marriott Street just before 5pm on Monday.


Authorities initially imposed a 100-metre exclusion zone around the train “due to the presence of hazardous material”.

“There are no injuries reported,” police confirmed shortly after the incident.

The derailed TasRail locomotive at Westbury on Monday. Image / 7 Tasmania

Images from the scene showed a truck with significant damage to its front right side and its trailer stuck under the derailed locomotive.

TasRail CEO Steven Dietrich said the crash had shut the main line between Launceston and the north-west coast.

The derailed TasRail locomotive at Westbury on Monday. Image / 7 Tasmania

“Fortunately, both drivers were physically uninjured in the incident,” Dietrich said in a statement to Pulse.

“TasRail’s Western Line, from Western Junction to Burnie, will remain closed until further notice.”


He said recovery operations and repairs to any damaged infrastructure will begin “as soon as practical”.

“We urge members of the public to remain clear of the area until this is complete,” he said.

Marriott Street, Meander Valley Road and Lyttleton Street will remain closed until 12pm on Tuesday for investigations.

Police say initial inquires suggest inattention may have been the cause of the crash.

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