Saturday, 28 March, 2020


Passenger train derails near Wallan north of Melbourne

Detail of rail track Two dead after Sydney to Melbourne passenger train derails near Wallan
Bennie Garza | 20 February, 2020, 19:14

Two people were killed and a number of others were injured when an Australian interstate train derailed outside Melbourne on Thursday evening, police said.

Local media carried pictures showing several carriages of the train askew off the tracks, with the locomotive on its side.

"There are reports of serious injuries, with the driver trapped and patients sitting alongside the tracks", the statement said.

"Stuff flew off our tables, people started moving around, luggage went flying", Scott Rickard, a passenger on the train, told public broadcaster ABC.

Victoria's Country Fire Authority (CFA) said that five carriages, along with the train's engine, had derailed and that helicopters and ambulances were at the scene to assess injuries and transport victims.

One person is being airlifted to Melbourne.

V/Line has confirmed that the train derailed approximately 500m north of Wallan train station.

All passengers who were able to walk from the train have been taken to the Wallan McDonald's and BP Truckstore area, which being used as a triage centre.

Emergency services were called about 7.45pm.

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