Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Two injured after train derails in cyclone flooding South of Darwin, Australia

Two men have been injured after they were trapped in a freight train that was swept off a bridge near Katherine, south of Darwin.

The 20-carriage train derailed near the Edith Falls River Crossing in floodwaters caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Grant.

Heavy rain from the system, which is , has brought heavy rain and isolated flooding to the Northern Territory, cutting sections of the Stuart Highway.

Hundreds of local residents have also been stranded.

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Police say the train's driver and co-driver have been rescued by emergency workers. One of the men has been airlifted to hospital with back injuries.

Earlier, a CareFlight helicopter attempted to rescue the men but had to return to Darwin because it was unable to land in the wet conditions.

Member for Katherine, Willem Westra Van Holthe, says the Edith River Bridge has collapsed and carriages are floating downstream.

"It's what I'd describe as a scene of devastation here," he said.

"Apart from the enormous amount of water flowing across the road, there's sheets of bitumen that have been lifted off and carried away and also it appears as though the train tried to get across this morning while the river has flooded. Read More