Train driver told passengers that he “wanted to make time” before the horror derailed north of Melbourne
Passengers on a late-running XPT train remembered how the driver had announced plans to make up for time before a horror derailed.
The driver, a man, 54, of the ACT and his female pilot, 49, from Victoria died on the spot after the train derailed from Sydney to Melbourne with 160 passengers on board.
The express passenger train (XPT) – which can reach speeds of up to 160 km / h – came off the track near the city of Wallan, 50 km north of Melbourne, just before 8 pm on Thursday evening.
Passengers have recalled the horrific moments of being thrown violently into carriages at the time of collision.
They also told Channel Nine’s Today Show that minutes earlier on the PA system the driver announced that he was planning to make up for the service that was two hours behind schedule.
One person was brought to the hospital in a stable condition and 11 others were brought to the hospital with minor injuries.
There are still 20 people without an account, but Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia that they had evacuated the train before the emergency services arrived.
They are urged to contact the authorities to confirm that they are safe.
A passenger told how he bravely tried to save the driver.
“I ran over and tried to smash the window, but I couldn’t, but I couldn’t get it out.”
Two people died after a train derailed from Sydney to Melbourne with 160 passengers on board. The Sydney-Melbourne express train is depicted with one carriage on its side
A passenger is brought into an ambulance by paramedics after being rescued from the wreck of the crash
Rescue workers on site treat a patient on a stretcher. About 160 people were on board when the train crashed
One passenger reported that the carriages were crumbling when the train derailed and items ‘flying around’, including trays
All passengers who were able to walk from the train were taken to the Wallan McDonald’s and the BP Truckstore area is used as a triage center
In a triage center at a nearby gas station, a Sydney couple said the train had taken to visit their son in Melbourne, that the tragedy had been frightening.
“You insist on the grim death. You get thrown around, the things that go over and everything you can look out of the window and just see dirt and debris and things flying past the windows and the track itself is just turned and bent, “the man said.
“It probably went about 150 meters before it stopped, carriages drove aside – quite horrible.”
The woman said her thoughts were with those who died.
‘We are very sad about that. Two people who went to work this morning and never went home, “she said.
The train, pictured on Thursday evening, had left Sydney Central Station at 7:40 on Thursday morning and would arrive at the Southern Cross Station in Melbourne at 6:30 PM.
Police officers are seen on Thursday outside the triage center, created at a gas station near the derailed train in Wallan
The train had left Sydney Central Station at 7:40 a.m. on Thursday morning and would arrive at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station at 6:30 p.m.
It was more than two hours late at the time of the crash.
The track curved and both carriages shifted at least 10 meters from their normal track.
The train was reportedly accelerating before it got off the tracks after stopping for a signaling problem.
Luggage is shown strewn across railway lines after the train derailed from Sydney to Melbourne on Thursday night
In the days before the derailment, the V / Line Seymour Line – which runs on the same track as the interstate service – posted dozens of times on Twitter about delays due to a “malfunction of the railway equipment” in Wallan.
Another passenger reported that the carriages crumbled when the train derailed, but said that most people were able to walk off the train themselves.
“Fortunately, only a few people were injured in our carriage,” the passenger wrote. Scott Rickard on Twitter.
‘Stuff flew everywhere. Carriages crumpled on edges. We walked outside. Most people can walk outside.
“We’re a bit in shock, but okay. Drink cuppas now. “
Another passenger told it The age the derailment lasted about a minute from the moment the train left the track until it came to a halt.
Emergency services depicted at the derailment site near the Wallan station. The lines between Melbourne and Sydney are closed because the injured are assessed at a nearby truck stop
“People were throwing around … some yelling – everyone just grabbed hold, some in the brace position, preparing for the possibility of something worse,” the passenger Rob Jennings said.
When the train finally stopped, he said that passengers who were usually unscathed by the derailment tried to free the driver – while others tried in vain to break the windows of their carriages.
Photos taken on the spot showed one of the carriages of the train on its side and luggage lying on the track.
In the days before the derailment, the V / Line had posted Seymour Line dozens of times on Twitter about delays due to a “disruption in railway equipment” in Wallan
Passengers are shown after the train has been derailed. Eleven people have been taken to the hospital, one of whom is in a stable condition
Police and fire brigade are on site. At least three helicopters have been deployed on a scene described by the Country Fire Service as “very chaotic at this stage”
A triage center was set up in the area after the derailment that took place on Thursday evening at 7.50 p.m.
The rail lines between Melbourne and Sydney are closed.
At least three helicopters were deployed on a scene that the Country Fire Authority described as “very chaotic.”
All passengers who could walk from the train were taken to the Wallan McDonald’s and the BP Truckstore area was used as a triage center.