Five Seriously Injured In Richmond Train Incident
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 23, 2018,
Jan 23, 2018, 1:28
Emergency services were called to the station about 12pm (NZ time).
Train operator New South Wales (NSW) Trains said they were aware of the incident and that the train had ran into a buffer at Richmond Station.
"The 10:11am train service from Richmond to Central has been cancelled", Sydney Trains tweeted on Monday.
A number of passengers and two Sydney Trains employees, including the driver, were treated at the scene.
Richmond is a terminus station on the Sydney Trains network.
Fifteen ambulance vehicles were deployed to the scene, together with two rescue helicopters, with the patients taken to four hospitals in the region.
An ambulance spokesman said one 31-year-old woman suffered a fractured clavicle.
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One caller to Sydney's 2GB radio who saw the crash said there was an "almighty bang".
"No patients were trapped by compression, however several patients were classified as trapped as they were unable to leave the train without assistance from paramedics", said Turner.
"My first thoughts are with those who have suffered some form of injury", he said. "There was a huge amount of dust", he said. "I watched train hit the barrier then bounce up and came back down again hard".
Sixteen passengers were injured in the incident, police said.
Sydney Trains management has been locked in negotiations with rail union officials on Monday morning to discuss a dispute over pay and conditions.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance described it as a "very serious incident" and investigations were underway by three separate regulators including National Rail Safety and the state's Office of Transport Safety Investigations.