A FREIGHT train carrying 200,000 litres of sulphuric acid has derailed near the mid-northern Queensland town of Julia Creek.
Police have declared a 2km exclusion zone around the crash site and warned it could take more than a week to remove the train.
The area's remoteness makes the clean-up effort even more difficult.
The train has tipped on its side with all 26 carriages coming off the rails.
Police said three men on the train received minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.
It is believed the men were all Aurizon employees.
Engineers have been brought in to assess the damage and establish whether flooding contributed to the derailment.
The line is used by up to 12 freight and passenger services a day including the popular Inlander service between Townsville and Mount Isa.
The Flinders Hwy remained closed in both directions yesterday afternoon because of flooding and the exclusion zone.
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