A shocking image emerges of a train rocking back and forth violently on a defective line near the place where two people died when carriages derailed – being identified as a second victim
- Two men died when the train derailed from Sydney to Melbourne Thursday evening
- Investigators have begun investigating Thursday’s fatal accident in Wallan, Victoria
- Video images from 2018 have emerged with a train rock next to each other on the right track
Shocking footage of a train rocking back and forth came to the fore when the second victim of the Victoria derailment was identified.
Train driver John Kennedy, from Canberra, was killed when the XPT diesel locomotive traveling from Sydney to Melbourne derailed in Wallan on Thursday evening.
The 54-year-old died alongside Sam Meintanis, a 49-year-old pilot from Castlemaine in Victoria, who was identified on Monday.
Eleven of the 160 passengers on the train were also injured.
Mr Meintanis was described as a popular staff member and had worked for 14 years as a rail protection officer for a railway company.
Shocking images of a train rocking back and forth are days after two people were killed in a horrific derailment in Victoria
Video footage made in 2018 has raised questions about the state of the tracks that connect the two largest cities in Australia.
In one of the different videos shared on YouTube, the narrator comments on the rapid movements of the carriage while traveling north of Bowser, about a two-hour drive from Wallan.
‘We are now running at 80 kilometers per hour, look at that turn there. It is really serious, “says the narrator behind the camera.
“There’s a nasty little sharp one there … And another one.”
Investigators have begun investigating Thursday’s fatal accident.
Speed is one of the factors being looked at after it was reported that the train had to slow down to 15 km / h because it was diverted by another part of the track near the Wallan station.
Sam Meintanis (left), a 49-year-old pilot from Castlemaine in Victoria, was identified as the second victim. Train driver John Kennedy (right), from Canberra, was also killed when the XPT diesel locomotive traveling from Sydney to Melbourne derailed in Wallan on Thursday evening
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau looks at the maintenance of the train and the railway line and at signaling data.
Some passengers from the XPT have said it went too fast when it derailed.
A man from Sydney described “holding on to grim death” when the train came off the track.
“It probably went about 150 meters before it stopped, carriages drove aside – pretty horrible,” he said.
Passenger Leyon Gray estimated that the train was probably running at 80 or 90 km / h before everyone was thrown out of their seats.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union said that the train came off a stretch of track awaiting maintenance.
“The circumstances have changed and V / Line drivers have rightly refused to cross this section in the past week,” said Secretary Luba Grigorovitch.
Shown: video footage from 2018. In one of the different videos shared on YouTube, the narrator comments on the fast carriage movements while traveling north of Bowser, about a two-hour drive from Wallan
Carriages of the derailed passenger train can be seen in Victoria on Friday
Steph Ryan, deputy leader of Victorian nationals, raised concerns about the state line with the government, days before the crash and after another train was derailed in January.
But Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was unaware of driver complaints about the safety of the track section.
“No authority would let passengers travel on unsafe roads,” he told reporters on the spot.
“We will ensure that the right answers are found for the next of kin and that these things no longer happen.”
The transport safety agency will publish a preliminary report on the crash in about a month, prior to a final report in 18 months.
The train crashed Thursday in Wallan, north of Melbourne