Derail of freight train causes major disruptions in Australia

14:27, October 23, 2010      

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A freight train has derailed in Australia on Saturday, causing major disruptions to rail services between Sydney and Melbourne.

According to ABC News, fifteen wagons from a Pacific National freight service derailed on the Main East line near the Wodonga railway station of state Victoria, just after 07:00 a.m. local time on Saturday.

About 660 meters of track have been ripped up and the wagons are also blocking the West line.

Meanwhile, Australian Rail Track Corporation's Brad Emery said initial investigations suggested the derailment was caused by a problem with the train.

"It appears that one of bogies on the 23rd wagon twisted and buckled, which caused it to fall of the rail, taking another 14 with it," Emery said in a statement on Saturday.

"There's been extensive damage to the track. 550 concrete sleepers have to be replaced.

Emery added that nobody was injured, but all freight and passenger services between Sydney and Melbourne could be disrupted for up to two days.

Source: Xinhua


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