V/Line passenger train derails colliding with lorry at Goornong near Bendigo

Victoria Police are investigating the circumstances of a train derailment at Goornong, near Bendigo, after a passenger train collided with a lorry just before 8am on Wednesday.

Inspector Brett Sampson said the V/Line train collided with the truck traveling on the Midland Highway near Murchison Road.

“From what we understand, it is the Echuca in Bendigo [train] south to Bendigo, and the truck traveled west entering the intersection at the crossing,” Inspector Sampson said.

The accident derailed the train’s locomotive, while the passenger cars remained on the track.

V-Line passenger train derailed at Goorlong, near Bendigo.(ABC Central VictoriaSarah Lawrence)

Uninjured passengers

None of the 40 passengers on the train were injured, but the train driver and the truck driver, a man in his 50s, are being treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.

“We understand that there are no injuries to the passengers on the train,” Inspector Sampson said.

“They all got off the train, put on a bus and went back to town.

Emergency vehicles at the scene of a train derailment
The incident occurred at a level crossing.(ABC Central VictoriaSarah Lawrence)

The railway line remains closed in both directions between Bendigo and Echuca.

Detective Sampson said police are in the process of turning the scene of the incident over to V/Line.

“We’re here to make sure the scene is safe with respect to fuel spills, batteries and anything related to fires. They will check and deem the site safe,” he said.

“Our message is always the same, you need to be disciplined and focused when driving and look both ways when crossing an intersection.”

V/Line chief executive Matt Carrick said coaches will replace trains over the next few days while National Rail Safety investigations take place and the track is repaired.

A derailed train with emergency vehicles
Investigations have begun into the collision.(ABC Central VictoriaSarah Lawrence )

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