Queensland Rail – Bridge Strike Nambour

Published on : Thursday, January 30, 2014

queensland-railQueensland Rail is pleading with motorists to pay attention and know their vehicle heights after a rail bridge strike at Price Street, Nambour, this morning caused major disruption and damage.

 

Executive General Manager Tim Ripper said the incident was reported by the motorist around 7.15am and trains had been unable to run through the area since then.

 

“When a vehicle hits one of our bridges, we can’t run trains until bridge inspectors inspect the integrity of the bridge and give safety clearance,” Mr Ripper said.

 

“Bridge inspectors and engineers determined the damage was severe, with the rail lines bent up to a foot above normal height and a girder on the side of the bridge needing to be replaced,” he said.

 

“We have located a replacement girder at Redbank and we are transporting it to the site later today.

“The bridge will now have to be lowered, the damaged girder and line removed and replaced, and the bridge refitted. These works are expected to be completed tomorrow.

 

“In the meantime all commuter, long distance, and freight services have been suspended, with busses replacing the affected commuter services.

 

“All rail bridges have clearance signs on the approach and we urge motorists to pay attention to the size and load of their vehicles and their surroundings. We pursue motorists for the cost of damages and they can also be fined up to $8,800.”

 

Traffic diversions on Price Street will be in place for the duration of the repair work.

Source:- Queensland Rail

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