Freight train derails in regional Victoria

A derailed train is seen near Inverleigh along the Hamilton Highway outside Geelong, Monday, November 14, 2022. (AAP Image/James Ross)

A freight train derailed in western Victoria, scattering dozens of shipping containers across the rails and blocking the rail line to Adelaide.

Monday at 5.30 a.m., the train derailed near Inverleigh along the Hamilton Highway outside of Geelong.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation stated in a statement that neither the train crew nor any dangerous cargo containers were injured.

The derailed service dislodged containers on both sides of the track and in the adjacent paddock.

The company reported that the Melbourne-Adelaide train corridor had been closed as a result, and alerted affected customers.

On-site rail and emergency response staff.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has assumed management of the facility after notifying the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

The investigation will be conducted by the top investigator for transport safety at the bureau.

Bureau head commissioner Angus Mitchell stated in a statement, "Investigators will conduct a site survey and collect any pertinent evidence for further study and analysis."

Additionally, they will gather and review any recorded data, weather information, witness reports, and train and track operator documents.

Images from the scene depict containers stacked on top of one another with water beneath them, as well as the railway.

Monday morning, Victoria Police officers were dispatched to the scene to offer traffic control, however, they are no longer required.

Ambulance Victoria stated that their presence was not necessary at the scene.

Publish : 2022-11-14 12:24:00

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