Major diesel leak after fuel tank ruptures on coal train - Cullen Bullen

Published: 16 Sep 2022 10:38am

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews are working to contain a major fuel leak on a coal train, near Lithgow in the Central Tablelands.

Around 8:30am today, the train was travelling near Portland Cullen Bullen Road and Red Springs Road in Cullen Bullen, when it hit a large boulder which had fallen onto the tracks.

The impact created a hole in the fuel tank - which was carrying 9,000 litres of diesel - causing it to lose about one litre of fuel per minute.

The train has moved to a level crossing, four kilometres away, to allow emergency services and rail authorities to access the site and begin capturing and decanting the fuel.

The diesel is currently being loaded into steel drums, with a tanker en route to contain the bulk of the load.

FRNSW HAZMAT crews are working to avoid potential impacts on local waterways.

EDITORS NOTE: Higher resolution images relating to this incident are available on the FRNSW website.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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Stations nearby

PORTLAND Fire Station

69 Williwa Street, Portland NSW 2847


1 Cripps Avenue, Wallerawang NSW 2845

LITHGOW Fire Station

58 Cook Street, Lithgow NSW 2790