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Australian cyclone derails train, washes out track, Genesee & Wyoming says


On Tuesday, Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) announced that a train operated by its Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty. Ltd. (GWA) subsidiary derailed near the Edith River bridge north of Katherine, Northern Territory.
Flood waters associated with heavy rainfall from Cyclone Grant washed away the southern abutment of the bridge while a 33-car intermodal train heading north to Darwin was passing over the structure. One of the two crew members sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the derailment, GWI officials said in a prepared statement.

The track segment between Katherine and Darwin is out of service, and crews are inspecting the bridge and forming restoration plans, they said, adding that it’s uncertain when repairs will be completed.

GWA operates the 1,360-mile Tarcoola-to-Darwin line, which links the Port of Darwin with the interstate rail network in South Australia.

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