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Two killed as Australian train derails

 

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The scene of an XPT train derailment is pictured near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, February 21, 2020. AAP Image/David Crosling via REUTERS

 

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 12 others were injured when an Australian interstate train derailed outside Melbourne on Thursday evening, police said.

 

The train, which was travelling from Sydney, came off the rails near the town of Wallan, about 50 km (30 miles) from Melbourne.

 

Police said on Friday an unnamed male driver and an unidentified man died in the derailment.

 

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

 

"It is believed the train travelling from Sydney to Melbourne derailed near the Hume Freeway just before 8pm," police in the state of Victoria said in an emailed statement.

 

Ambulance Victoria confirmed one of the injured had been flown to a Melbourne hospital and another four people had been taken to a second hospital, where they were in a stable condition.

 

"A number of others will be taken to hospital with minor injuries," Ambulance Victoria said.

 

Transport authorities in New South Wales said there were approximately 160 passengers on board the train.

 

(Reporting by John Mair; Editing by Alison Williams; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 

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15 minutes ago, sandrabbit said:

a bit more info, was trying to find out what the speed is on that section of the track but it doesn't mention it.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51573326

 

The location is close to Wallan stationIf the train was scheduled to stop at Wallan, it would have been traveling at reduced speed for the station. The train was southbound to Melbourne. Apparently it bypassed the Wallen station tracks.

Here's more detail, including comments about track condition.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/melbourne-to-sydney-xpt-train-derails-at-wallan-north-of-melbourne/news-story/13a108eaf6d4808c016d36be04cd591f

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I kept wondering why the ABC news kept showing photos of large lumps of concrete on the track but nobody was mentioning it.

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Takes 12 hours Sydney to Melbourne for 1000km so close to 100 kmh 

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