Locomotive crashes into stationary coal train

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 news@theherald.com.au

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