ATSB to examine chemical spill

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 10 April 2013 | 19.55

THE derailment of a train carrying dangerous goods near Colebrook will be investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Tasmania Fire Service crews spent today cleaning up after the chemical spill near the southern Tasmanian town.

It happened when four wagons of a south-bound Tasrail train derailed about 9.30pm yesterday.

The TFS said no one was injured in the incident but a quantity of chemicals was spilled trackside.

No residential properties near the accident site had been affected by the chemical hazard, the TFS said.

TasRail said two of the four derailed wagons were empty, while the other two were carrying phosphoric acid and sodium hyposulphite.

"As soon as the derailment occurred, TasRail promptly notified the TFS and the Environment Protection Authority," TasRail CEO Damien White said in a statement this afternoon.

"All TasRail locomotives carry spill kits and the prompt action taken by staff to place bunding around the tanktainer resulted in the initial spillage being confined.

"The TFS attended the scene last night and sealed the tanktainer leak.

"As a precaution, TasRail requested the TFS return to the derailment site today to oversee the recovery of the two dangerous goods wagons."

TasRail crews are working to repair about 2.5km of track damage, with the north-south line expected to reopen late tomorrow.

The ATSB will investigate the incident with the full co-operation of TasRail.

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