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Four feared dead in train smash

Four feared dead in train smash

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21852889-2,00.html

June 05, 2007 02:23pm
Article from: AAP

POLICE believe up to four people are dead after a semi-trailer collided with a passenger train at a level crossing in Victoria's northwest.
The accident happened at a level crossing on the Murray Valley Highway about 10km north of Kerang at 1.40pm (AEST) today, Victoria Police said.

"We've got a number of people deceased ... we believe it's four, but as you can imagine the scene is pretty confused,'' a police spokeswoman said.

She said there were also four other people seriously injured.

A spokeswoman for the Rural Ambulance Service said at least six ambulances from as far away as Mildura had headed for the scene of the crash.

The spokeswoman said the V/line passenger train on the Melbourne to Swan Hill service was derailed in the accident.

Police, ambulance and the Country Fire Authority are on the scene.
 

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Six dead, 52 wounded in train smash

Six dead, 52 wounded in train smash

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=271302

Tuesday Jun 5 14:00 AEST

By ninemsn staff and wires

Police have confirmed up to six people are dead and another 52 are injured — 12 of them seriously — after a semi-trailer collided with a V/line passenger train at a level crossing in Victoria's north.

The accident happened at a level crossing on the Murray Valley Highway about ten kilometres north of Kerang at 1.40pm (AEST) today.

The V/line passenger train on the Melbourne to Swan Hill service was derailed in the accident.

A spokeswoman for the Rural Ambulance Service said at least six ambulances from as far away as Mildura have headed for the scene of the crash.
 

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http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/six-dead-in-train-crash/2007/06/05/1180809490082.html

Six dead in train crash

Jane Holroyd
June 5, 2007 - 3:03PM

Six people are dead, 12 more are seriously injured and more than 40 are wounded after a passenger train and semi-trailer collided in central Victoria this afternoon. The V/Line passenger train and semi-trailer collided about two kilometres north of Kerang about 1.40pm.

Victoria Police have confirmed that six people have died in the crash.

Another 12 people have serious injuries and at least 40 are wounded, police have confirmed.

The truck's driver is among the seriously injured.

V/Line has confirmed the train was the Melbourne-bound 1pm train from Swan Hill. The accident happened about 40 minutes into the journey. "The incident is serious and we are awaiting confirmation on injuries," the statement published on the V/Line website reads.

Emergency services are currently at the site and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service has sent two helicopters and two other aircraft to the scene. Another six ambulance vehicles are driving to the scene from as far as Mildura.

An MAS spokeswoman said a triage area was being set up at the crash site and that the injured would be airlifted to Melbourne or regional hospitals as soon as possible. "We're not sure of the circumstances," a spokeswoman told theage.com.au. "All we know is that the semi-trailer and a train have collided and the train has derailed."

Kerang is located in central Victoria, south of Swan Hill.

Concerned customers can call V/Line on 1800 800 120.

theage.com.au, with AAP
 

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Unconfirmed sources say it collided with the second passenger car.

The Murray Valley Highway crossing is only about 6Km from Kerang station and is fitted with flashing lights

[more info in transport thread]

edit: Confirmed accident site: Murray Valley Hwy. ABC states Kerang-Koondrook Rd, though an incident of this nature could never occur at that level crossing

Six killed in train crash
Ararat Advertiser

Six people are dead after a semi-trailer collided with a V/line passenger train at a level crossing in Victoria's north-west today, police said.

The accident happened at a level crossing on the Murray Valley Highway about 10 kilometres north of Kerang at 1.40pm (AEST), Victoria Police said.

"There are 12 with serious injuries and we've got around 40 people who are wounded," a police spokeswoman said.

"The truck driver of the semi-trailer has been taken to the Mildura hospital in a serious condition," she said.

Nicholas Jarman, the bar manager at Kerang's Royal Hotel, said he had heard unconfirmed reports that the semi-trailer had been overtaking a van shortly before the collision.

"A truck was overtaking a van and collided with a train that was coming across the road and knocked three carriages off the rail line."

It is believed the train left Swan Hill at 1pm (AEST) and was due to arrive at Southern Cross station in Melbourne at 5.09pm today.

The accident happened about 40 minutes into the journey.

A spokeswoman for the Rural Ambulance Service said at least six ambulances from as far away as Mildura had headed for the scene of the crash.

AAP and Jano Gibson


An aerial image of the level crossing near Kerang in Victoria where a train collided with a semi-trailer today.

[aside: Good work to yahooseven in posting a picture of a random derailed Comeng train (metro Melbourne) - quality news delivery]
 

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Is it just me or does this seem to happen in Victoria a lot more than other states?
 

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Now up to eight dead.

Train crash could be state's worst: Bracks

Leo Shanahan
June 5, 2007 - 4:21PM


This afternoon's train crash in Kerang, in which at least six people died, could be the worst accident of its kind in the state's history, Premier Steve Bracks has warned.

Victoria's Transport Minister Lynne Kosky is now flying to the crash scene, Mr Bracks has confirmed.

"A serious accident occurred about 6 kilometres north of Kerang," Mr Bracks this afternoon told reporters outside Parliament House.

"It involved a B-double (truck) and a (train) carriage going to Swan Hill. It appears that in that accident, the B-double has hit the side of the carriage on the V/Line train," Mr Bracks said.

"It appears at least six people have lost their lives and (there) could be more. That is still being assessed.

"Twelve are seriously injured and others are injured as well."

Mr Bracks sent his condolences to the families of those killed in the crash and said the government's emergency response system would be put in place immediately.

Ms Kosky is flying to Kerang with Victoria's Director of Public Transport, Jim Betts.

When asked about status of level crossings in rural Victoria, Mr Bracks refused to be drawn, saying there would be a thorough investigation into the collision, including a coroner's inquiry.

But for now the emphasis would be on emergency management, he said.

"Today we really have got to be focused on the accident and the tragedy and the emergency of it," Ms Kosky said.

When asked whether this was among the worst rail crashes in Victoria, Mr Bracks said: "It will be one of the worst. To have six people die and possibly more - of course it's a horrific accident."

theage.com.au
 

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Eight die in train crash
Staff reporters - The Age
June 5, 2007 - 5:42PM

Were you on the train? Do you know more about the accident? MMS photos or video to 0406 THE AGE (0406 843 243)

Concerned customers can call V/Line on 1800 800 120

* Eight confirmed dead
* Up to 52 wounded
* Walking wounded still at scene


Eight people are dead, 12 more are seriously injured and up to 52 are wounded after a passenger train and semi-trailer collided in north-west Victoria this afternoon.

The V/Line passenger train and semi-trailer collided about two kilometres north of Kerang about 1.40pm.

Police and emergency services are still investigating the number of people who were on board the train when the collision occurred.

"Several people are still unaccounted for, meaning we don't know whether they boarded the train or not,'' a Victoria Police spokesman told theage.com.au.

It is thought that up to 16 people are unaccounted for, presumed still in wreckage.

Of the injured, six are thought to be in a critical condition. Another six have been taken to Kerang Hospital.

Injured airlifted to Melbourne

Among the seriously injured from the train, one helicopter has landed at the Royal Children's Hospital with a 15-year-old girl, who is thought to be in a critical condition.

A man in his early 80s with suspected spinal injuries has arrived at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Paramedics were seen working on him as he entered the hospital.

Two more women are in a plane en route to Melbourne — one with chest injuries is being taken to the Alfred Hospital while the second is en route to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

There is one helicopter and one plane still on the ground at Kerang waiting to load patients and transport them to local hospitals.

The truck's driver is among those seriously injured.

Local hospital locked down

Robert Jarman from Kerang District Hospital said all available nursing and medical staff had been called in to help cope with the emergency.

"We've implemented our emergency management plan, which locks the hospital down," he said.

V/Line has confirmed the train left Swan Hill at 1pm and was due to arrive at Southern Cross station in Melbourne at 5.09pm today.

The accident happened about 40 minutes into the journey.

"The incident is serious and we are awaiting confirmation on injuries," a statement published on the V/Line website reads.

Survivors ferried from wreckage

The State Emergency Services from three regions have been called in to help ferry survivors from the train wreckage.

"We've got the Kerang unit, the Swan Hill Unit and staff from the north west region in attendance, they're assisting ambulance and assisting with getting people off the train," a State Emergency Services spokeswoman said.

The local shire council has workers diverting traffic in the area.

"We've got all our guys out there and they're organising detours around the roads and the accident, we don't have any further details," a Gannawarra Shire Council spokeswoman told theage.com.au.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) and State Emergency Service (SES) also sent crews to the accident site.

Edmund Carew, a spokesman for Victoria's shadow transport minister Terry Mulder, said the crossing had flashing lights but no boom gates.

It is unknown at this stage if the lights were working when the accident happened. Police said they had no further details at this stage.

Kerang is located in central Victoria, south of Swan Hill.

Transport Minister Lynne Kosky is expected to a statement on the crash this afternoon.

Reporters: Dan Oakes, Jane Holroyd, Reko Rennie, Nick Sheridan, Leo Shanahan and AAP

Now it is 9

Nine dead in train horror
Karen Collier and Matthew Pinkney
Herald Sun

June 05, 2007 02:15pm



A PASSENGER on the train in which at least nine people were killed has described hearing the "screaming, crying and moaning" of injured survivors. Seven passengers are unaccounted for.

Twenty-three passengers were injured - 12 of them seriously - when a truck ploughed into a train near Kerang.

According to passenger Sue Fyffe, shaken survivors helped others still in the wreckage and covered in glass.

"All you could hear were people screaming and crying and moaning," Ms Fyffe told Sky news. "It was just awful, it was devastating."

Ms Fyffe said there were no boom gates, only flashing lights at the level crossing.

And she speculated the sun may have got in the truck driver's eyes before the smash. Other sources said the truck appeared to have hit the train in a 'T-bone' collision.

Ms Fyffe was among dozens of passengers sitting by the road waiting to be taken to Bendigo for a medical checkup.

Another witness said the smash appeared to have torn the train in two. ``It looks like a toy train set that was torn apart,'' the witness said.

The train was derailed and mangled in the crash at 1.40pm.

Some passengers told of escaping the full impact because they got up to get cups of coffee moments before.

Others watched in horror knowing the truck was going to hit.

Six patients were airlifted to Melbourne. They included a 15-year-old critically-injured girl flown to the Royal Children's Hospital, an 83-year-old man with spinal and leg injuries and a 40-year-old woman with abdominal injuries to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a 45-year-old man with suspected head injuries to the Alfred Hospital.

Kerang District Hospital chief Robert Jarman said all available nursing and medical staff had been called in on standby.

The hospital has admitted six patients with serious or moderate injuries.

"We understand there are still a large number of walking wounded out at the site," Mr Jarman said.

The semi-trailer driver survived, with the dead and injured all on board the V/Line train. The truck driver was taken to Mildura Base Hospital with serious injuries. The train's driver also survived.

Three V/Line crew members on the Melbourne-bound train were among the wounded.

"We've got a number of people deceased ... as you can imagine the scene is pretty confused," a police spokeswoman said earlier.

Premier Steve Bracks and Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky are flying to the scene.

The accident happened at a level crossing on the Murray Valley Highway about 6km northwest of Kerang, Victoria Police said.
The train left Swan Hill bound for Southern Cross Station at 1pm.

A spokeswoman for the Rural Ambulance Service said at least six ambulances from as far away as Mildura had headed for the crash scene.

Two helicopters and three planes headed to the scene to ferry the most seriously-injured to Melbourne.

Police, ambulance, the Country Fire Authority and State Emergency Service are on the scene.
Concerned relatives and friends can call 1800-800-120 for further information.
 

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Eight die in train crash
Staff reporters - The Age
June 5, 2007 - 5:42PM

Were you on the train? Do you know more about the accident? MMS photos or video to 0406 THE AGE (0406 843 243)

Concerned customers can call V/Line on 1800 800 120

* Eight confirmed dead
* Up to 52 wounded
* Walking wounded still at scene


Eight people are dead, 12 more are seriously injured and up to 52 are wounded after a passenger train and semi-trailer collided in north-west Victoria this afternoon.

The V/Line passenger train and semi-trailer collided about two kilometres north of Kerang about 1.40pm.

Police and emergency services are still investigating the number of people who were on board the train when the collision occurred.

"Several people are still unaccounted for, meaning we don't know whether they boarded the train or not,'' a Victoria Police spokesman told theage.com.au.

It is thought that up to 16 people are unaccounted for, presumed still in wreckage.

Of the injured, six are thought to be in a critical condition. Another six have been taken to Kerang Hospital.

Injured airlifted to Melbourne

Among the seriously injured from the train, one helicopter has landed at the Royal Children's Hospital with a 15-year-old girl, who is thought to be in a critical condition.

A man in his early 80s with suspected spinal injuries has arrived at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Paramedics were seen working on him as he entered the hospital.

Two more women are in a plane en route to Melbourne — one with chest injuries is being taken to the Alfred Hospital while the second is en route to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

There is one helicopter and one plane still on the ground at Kerang waiting to load patients and transport them to local hospitals.

The truck's driver is among those seriously injured.

Local hospital locked down

Robert Jarman from Kerang District Hospital said all available nursing and medical staff had been called in to help cope with the emergency.

"We've implemented our emergency management plan, which locks the hospital down," he said.

V/Line has confirmed the train left Swan Hill at 1pm and was due to arrive at Southern Cross station in Melbourne at 5.09pm today.

The accident happened about 40 minutes into the journey.

"The incident is serious and we are awaiting confirmation on injuries," a statement published on the V/Line website reads.

Survivors ferried from wreckage

The State Emergency Services from three regions have been called in to help ferry survivors from the train wreckage.

"We've got the Kerang unit, the Swan Hill Unit and staff from the north west region in attendance, they're assisting ambulance and assisting with getting people off the train," a State Emergency Services spokeswoman said.

The local shire council has workers diverting traffic in the area.

"We've got all our guys out there and they're organising detours around the roads and the accident, we don't have any further details," a Gannawarra Shire Council spokeswoman told theage.com.au.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) and State Emergency Service (SES) also sent crews to the accident site.

Edmund Carew, a spokesman for Victoria's shadow transport minister Terry Mulder, said the crossing had flashing lights but no boom gates.

It is unknown at this stage if the lights were working when the accident happened. Police said they had no further details at this stage.

Kerang is located in central Victoria, south of Swan Hill.

Transport Minister Lynne Kosky is expected to a statement on the crash this afternoon.

Reporters: Dan Oakes, Jane Holroyd, Reko Rennie, Nick Sheridan, Leo Shanahan and AAP

Now it is 9

Nine dead in train horror
Karen Collier and Matthew Pinkney
Herald Sun

June 05, 2007 02:15pm



A PASSENGER on the train in which at least nine people were killed has described hearing the "screaming, crying and moaning" of injured survivors. Seven passengers are unaccounted for.

Twenty-three passengers were injured - 12 of them seriously - when a truck ploughed into a train near Kerang.

According to passenger Sue Fyffe, shaken survivors helped others still in the wreckage and covered in glass.

"All you could hear were people screaming and crying and moaning," Ms Fyffe told Sky news. "It was just awful, it was devastating."

Ms Fyffe said there were no boom gates, only flashing lights at the level crossing.

And she speculated the sun may have got in the truck driver's eyes before the smash. Other sources said the truck appeared to have hit the train in a 'T-bone' collision.

Ms Fyffe was among dozens of passengers sitting by the road waiting to be taken to Bendigo for a medical checkup.

Another witness said the smash appeared to have torn the train in two. ``It looks like a toy train set that was torn apart,'' the witness said.

The train was derailed and mangled in the crash at 1.40pm.

Some passengers told of escaping the full impact because they got up to get cups of coffee moments before.

Others watched in horror knowing the truck was going to hit.

Six patients were airlifted to Melbourne. They included a 15-year-old critically-injured girl flown to the Royal Children's Hospital, an 83-year-old man with spinal and leg injuries and a 40-year-old woman with abdominal injuries to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a 45-year-old man with suspected head injuries to the Alfred Hospital.

Kerang District Hospital chief Robert Jarman said all available nursing and medical staff had been called in on standby.

The hospital has admitted six patients with serious or moderate injuries.

"We understand there are still a large number of walking wounded out at the site," Mr Jarman said.

The semi-trailer driver survived, with the dead and injured all on board the V/Line train. The truck driver was taken to Mildura Base Hospital with serious injuries. The train's driver also survived.

Three V/Line crew members on the Melbourne-bound train were among the wounded.

"We've got a number of people deceased ... as you can imagine the scene is pretty confused," a police spokeswoman said earlier.

Premier Steve Bracks and Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky are flying to the scene.

The accident happened at a level crossing on the Murray Valley Highway about 6km northwest of Kerang, Victoria Police said.
The train left Swan Hill bound for Southern Cross Station at 1pm.

A spokeswoman for the Rural Ambulance Service said at least six ambulances from as far away as Mildura had headed for the crash scene.

Two helicopters and three planes headed to the scene to ferry the most seriously-injured to Melbourne.

Police, ambulance, the Country Fire Authority and State Emergency Service are on the scene.
Concerned relatives and friends can call 1800-800-120 for further information.
 

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To think 4 flashing lights a gate and a Stop sign would have prevented this....Na! Lets build a freeway/
 

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This is horrible. My condolences to all those affected.
 

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This will be all over the news tonight, cant believe this is the 1st that i have heard of it so far today.
 

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Ive been on that train a few times

That is just horrific :(, my condolence goes out to all you have been affected.
 

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I know it is not right to jump to conclusions before detailed investigations...but say you have a level crossing...trains pass through at a reasonable speed...they can't stop or slow to a crawl at every crossing..like they do at some Melbourne city ones....Whether they have flashing lights or not wouldn't it be wise to have a look each way before driving through??? and to run into the side of one of the carriages the train must have got there first! How can any blame be on the train?..In a perfect world we wouldn't have level crossings but as we do...! Same story we hear just about every week..all's fine with trucks till something goes wrong then it's usually real bad! Condolences to all families involved.
 
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