UPDATE, 12 PM WEDNESDAY: None of the employees or 24 passengers aboard the XPT who struck a fallen tree on the railway line between Grafton and Casino on Tuesday were injured.
« The Sydney to Casino XPT train hit a fallen tree in Kyarran between Grafton and Casino and caused a minor fuel leak, » the spokesman said.
« The NSW Fire and Rescue Hazmat team was there to help 24 customers get off the train.
« Customers continued their journey by bus to the casino. There were no injuries to customers or employees. »
« The EPA has been notified. » Tonight’s train service from Grafton to Sydney will be replaced by road buses throughout the journey. »
ORIGINAL STORY, 9:00 PM TUESDAY: A wild storm wreaked havoc across Clarence Valley, including the XPT stop north of Grafton.
Authorities have confirmed the train hit trees that fell on the route at Warragai Creek, 20 km north of Grafton.
A spokesman for Fire and Rescue NSW said trees broke the train’s fuel tank and the Hazmat crews were on site to clean up a diesel accident.
Other crews are out to assist and it is assumed that there are no injuries as a result of the crash.
Nearby, a tree fell on Pringles Way near Stuarts Road and landed on a car.
A spokesman for TNT Towing, whose crew was helping authorities clean up the scene, said the occupants of the car had been trapped for a period of time and emergency services were on hand to get them out of the car.
The Westpac Rescue helicopter arrived on site around 6:30 p.m. and is believed to be transporting inmates to Gold Coast University Hospital.
The threatening storm cut through the northern part of Clarence Valley, with high winds and floods recorded by Daily Examiner readers in areas such as Waterview Heights and further north along the Summerland Way. There were reports of trees on Rogans Bridge Road and Clarence Way across the street.
Hundreds of residents north of Grafton ran out of electricity, and Essential Energy crews inspected the damage. Many trees have been reported over power lines in the Lawrence area and beyond.
For much of Clarence Valley, they had to sit back and watch the light show while the huge storm front moved across the valley and our readers took in some spectacular pictures of the massive front.
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