A train carrying sulphuric acid has derailed in Australia

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The railway line near the outback train stations of Quarrells and Julia Creek was badly damaged. Three people sustained minor injuries, Australia media reported. Authorities have declared the situation an emergency. A two-kilometer exclusion zone is now in place around the site but no crew has been able to access the area yet. According authorities, there was “minor leakage of sulphuric acid and spillage of diesel fuel” at the site. The cause of the crash remained unclear. Sulphuric acid is an essential ingredient in the manufacturing of ammonium phosphates for fertilizers. Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail freight operator. Each year, the company transports more than 250 million tones of Australian commodities, connecting miners, primary producers, and industry with international and domestic markets.

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