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Death of man in coal wagon 'was suicide'

Police at the Port of Brisbane after a man's body was found in a coal wagon. Picture: 7 News Queenslan
Police at the Port of Brisbane after a man's body was found in a coal wagon. Picture: 7 News Queenslan

THE DEATH of a man who was found by rail workers unloading a coal train yesterday is being treated as suicide.

The man from Brisbane was in his 40s.

Police said that he probably died as a result of an incident at a mine in rural Queensland when coal was loaded on the train.

The man was found in the wagon after the Aurizon train rolled into the terminal after leaving Chinchilla early on Tuesday morning.

Employees were emptying the coal when the body sounded an alarm.

Detective Inspector Owen Elloy said that the man had not been reported missing.

Industry stakeholders were informed yesterday afternoon that the man had taken his own life.

However, a full determination of what occurred will be made by a coroner.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 131 114; the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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