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Updated: October 19, 2009 12:23 IST

Cow derails train in Australian Outback

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In this February 1, 2004 photo residents of Two Wells, Australia, welcome The Ghan, the first passenger train to travel from Adelaide to Darwin. One of Australia's most popular tourist trains, The Ghan, ran off the tracks after hitting a cow in the remote Outback on Sunday night.
AP In this February 1, 2004 photo residents of Two Wells, Australia, welcome The Ghan, the first passenger train to travel from Adelaide to Darwin. One of Australia's most popular tourist trains, The Ghan, ran off the tracks after hitting a cow in the remote Outback on Sunday night.

One of Australia’s most popular tourist trains, The Ghan, derailed after hitting a cow in the Outback, train company officials said on Monday.

No passengers were hurt in the incident, which happened on Sunday night near the small town of Kulgera in the Northern Territory, said Sophie Dent, spokeswoman for Great Southern Rail, which operates The Ghan.

The train was on its 2,979-km run between the Northern Territory capital of Darwin and the South Australia State capital of Adelaide when it slammed into the cow. The locomotive ran off the tracks, but there was no damage to the train, Ms. Dent said.

“It’s not uncommon to hit animals if they’re in front of the tracks,” Ms. Dent said. “We can’t stop suddenly.”

A new locomotive was brought in and the train resumed its journey on Monday morning, she said.

The Ghan cuts through Australia’s harsh central desert, offering passengers breathtaking views of the Outback’s majestic landscape.

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