POLICE have confirmed a 62-year-old woman has died after being struck by a cane train in Mackay's Pioneer Valley Tuesday morning.
Initial information indicates around 10.45am the woman was undertaking work as a locomotive assistant at the end of the train when she was crushed between two cane bins and pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Forensic Crash Unit and Workplace Health and Safety are investigating.
UPDATE 12.55PM: A WOMAN has tragically died after being struck by a cane train at Mirani this morning.
It is understood the train was on its way to Farleigh when the accident occurred. Mackay Sugar have issued a statement confirming the fatality of one of its workers.
"It is with deep sadness that we advise that a fatality has occurred when a Mackay Sugar employee was working at a siding of the rail network near Mirani," a Mackay Sugar spokesperson said.
"Mackay Sugar expresses our sincere condolences and sympathies to the family of the deceased employee and are providing support to her family and co-workers.
"Emergency services personnel, police and Workplace Health and Safety representatives have attended the scene and investigations into the incident are continuing. "
BREAKING 12PM: EMERGENCY services are at the scene of a serious accident involving a cane train at Mirani.
A Queensland Police spokesman said emergency services, including Queensland Fire, Queensland Ambulance and police were called to McGregor Creek Rd at Mirani about 10.15am after a woman was struck by a cane train.
"We are investigating at the moment, we are still at the scene and have forensic crash and workplace health and safety crews there," the spokesman said.
The spokesman could not provide any information about how seriously injured the woman was and QAS said no one was transported from the scene.
More to come.
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