Queensland Rail calls on motorists after bridge strike

LATEST: Queensland Rail is calling on motorists to know the height of their vehicle around rail bridges after a bridge strike caused delays on the Ipswich and Springfield lines this morning.

"At approximately 5.20am this morning, a truck collided with the Chelmer Street East rail bridge at Chelmer on the Ipswich and Springfield lines," QR CEO Nick Easy said.

"As a result, services were temporarily suspended between Graceville and Chelmer stations while the truck was removed and our crews attended the site.  

"Delays of approximately 30 minutes were incurred, with some services re-routed via the Tennyson loop, travelling express between Corinda and Roma Street stations to provide a continued journey for our customers where possible.

"Normal services resumed at 6.10am, after the vehicle was successfully removed and our Rail Operations Response Unit and bridge inspectors confirmed the bridge was fit for service.

"We thank affected customers for their patience as we worked as quickly as possible to safely resume services.

"Queensland Rail is committed to reducing the likelihood and impact of bridge strikes through signage, engineering solutions and working with Police on enforcement, but every bridge is fitted with height clearance signage the onus is motorists to know their vehicle's height and load."

Fines of up to $1,009 and four demerit points can apply to those who damage Queensland Rail infrastructure, and motorists could also be pursued for the repair costs.

EARLIER: The tracks have been cleared and the trains are running as per normal.

6.14am: IPSWICH and Springfield line trains are suspended in both directions between Chelmer and Graceville stations due to a motor vehicle which has struck a rail bridge at Chelmer.

A Translink spokesperson said technicians are en route.

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