A LOCOMOTIVE crashed into a stationary coal train at Nundah Bank, north-west of Singleton, early this afternoon, rail company Pacific National has confirmed.
Nundah Bank is one of the steepest sections of track on the main Hunter Valley coal lines.
A Pacific National spokeswoman said a coal train had stopped on the hill, and a ‘‘rescue’’ locomotive was sent to the scene.
But the rescue locomotive then collided with the stationary train.
Rail sources have told the Newcastle Herald that at least one locomotive and a number of coal wagons were derailed in the accident.
The Herald understands that passenger services are running at least half an hour late as a result of the derailment.
More details will follow.
Do you have any photographs of the scene? Send them to email@example.com