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No injuries reported in train derailment on Toodyay to Miling freight line

Authorities are investigating the cause of a train derailment along the Toodyay to Miling freight line on Wednesday afternoon.

About 2pm, a CBH Group locomotive carrying 30 wagons fell on its side near Miling, about 200 kilometres north of Perth.

While CBH own the train, it’s operated by employees of Watco Companies.

Watco chief operating officer Grant Thompson said, fortunately, occupants escaped the wreckage uninjured.

“At the end of the day, the team are fine and not injured. We’ll support them as we always do in these types of events,” he said.

An Arc Infrastructure spokeswoman said a number of teams were working together to resume rail network operation as quickly as possible.

“As the derailment occurred in the Miling rail siding, the only customer affected by the derailment is CBH. We are liaising with CBH and their above rail operator, Watco, to resume operations,” she said.

The freight rail line is generally used by the cooperative to transport grain from their regional storage sites to the Kwinana Grain Terminal for shipment.

It’s understood the train was travelling at low speed in the lead up to the derailment.

A CBH Group spokeswoman said the wagons were carrying about 1400 tonnes of barley and weren’t damaged in the incident.

“Watco and Arc Infrastructure representatives are investigating the incident and will determine the safest manner to remedy the situation, with support from CBH,” she said.

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