Two people have died and several others were injured in a train derailment near Wallan station in Victoria about 45 kilometres north of Melbourne, the police said in a statement as quoted by news.com.au. According to the police, several passengers remain trapped in the train.
The day got worse. The train crashed. We're fine @TrishBolton3 We'll be there for breakfast 😊 Poor driver is injured though 😣 #Melbourne @abcnews #traincrash pic.twitter.com/k14q2cE53N— Dr Scott Rickard (@Rickard_Scott) February 20, 2020
The Country Fire Authority earlier reported that five carriages came off the tracks on the North East line about 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Shocking scenes at Wallan. I’ve been sent this video that shows the aftermath of the passenger train derailment @theage pic.twitter.com/ry6v9YCv0N— erin pearson (@epearson_3) February 20, 2020
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau stated that the train had 160 passengers on board.
More pics ... of our train @abcnews @adamparkersky pic.twitter.com/mtV6hTPAeK— Dr Scott Rickard (@Rickard_Scott) February 20, 2020
It is not immediately clear how the train came off the tracks. Emergency services and air ambulances are working on the scene and railway traffic between Melbourne and Sydney has been halted.