Man's body found in Queensland coal wagon

12th July 2017 1:56 PM
UPDATED 4:20 PM
Police at the Port of Brisbane after a body was found in a coal wagon. Police at the Port of Brisbane after a body was found in a coal wagon. 7 News Queensland

POLICE say they will prepare a report for the coroner after a body was found in a coal wagon at the Port of Brisbane this afternoon. 

The man, who police say was from Brisbane and aged in 40s, is not believed to have died in suspicious circumstances.  

EARLIER: POLICE don't believe a man who was found dead in a coal train wagon today was murdered.

The man was found by Queensland Rail workers when an alarm sounded as the train entered the terminal from Chinchilla.

Coal was loaded into the wagon in Chinchilla, more than 300km north-west of Brisbane, mid-morning yesterday.

A man's body has been found in a coal train at the Port of Brisbane. Picture: Steve Pohlner (AAP)
A man's body has been found in a coal train at the Port of Brisbane. Picture: Steve Pohlner (AAP)

 

Police believe the death occurred there.

Detective Inspector Owen Elloy said it was one of the most unusual deaths he'd seen in his 37 years of experience, but confirmed the homicide squad would not be involved.

"There's nothing to suggest (the death) is untoward," he said.

The man has been identified by police and they are working to contact his family.

A man's body has been found in a coal train at the Port of Brisbane. Picture: Steve Pohlner (AAP)
A man's body has been found in a coal train at the Port of Brisbane. Picture: Steve Pohlner (AAP)

 

Detective Inspector Elloy suggested the man had injuries but he would not elaborate.

Police will use a drone to assess the site this afternoon before a report is prepared for the coroner.

EARLIER: A BODY has been found in a coal wagon at the Port of Brisbane.

Police were informed about midday Wednesday that the man's body had been found.

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

A crime scene has been declared.

The wagon forms part of a larger coal train that was on its way to Brisbane from Chinchilla.

Police will address the media this afternoon.