Worker injured in train accident

THE man injured in a sugar cane rail crash on the weekend is recovering in hospital.

The 48-year-old man is in a stable condition after being crushed by a full 10-tonne cane bin on Saturday night.

Proserpine Sugar CEO Mr John Power said it appeared that some full cane bins somehow became disconnected from the train and rolled down the track on their own for about 400 metres before hitting the stationary train.

It is believed that the incident occurred when the man was washing his hands near the front of the stationary locomotive.

When the bins hit the train the man was dragged along the ground for about 12 metres.

His leg was broken and he sustained lacerations to his foot and one finger.

The Queensland Ambulance Service took him to Proserpine Hospital and he was later transferred to Mackay Base Hospital where he is still being treated.

Proserpine Police and Proserpine Sugar Mill officials are investigating the incident, which happened at Kelsey Creek about 10pm.

Mr Power said the Proserpine Sugar Mill was focused on assisting the man and his family as he starts his recovery.


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