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Train derailed by truck at level crossing

  • Truck hit a passenger train at Pirron Yallock
  • Truck hit a passenger train at Pirron Yallock
  • Truck hit a passenger train at Pirron Yallock

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety, Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  5.47 PM 13 July, 2016

Location: District 6 News

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A Warrnambool-bound passenger train was derailed after colliding with a truck at the level crossing on Phelps Rd, Pirron Yallock on 13 July.

Roads and railway lines were closed in the area, and V-Line services and power lines were affected. 

At least 10 people were reported as injured.

Four CFA trucks from Colac, Cororooke, Larpent and Nalangil responded to the call at 3.45pm. The incident was under control 6.50pm.

SES, police and ambulance also attended.

Incident Controller Mark Billing said all emergency service agencies worked exceptionally well together. 

Mark instructed two CFA crews to support paramedics while the other two crews worked on securing the diesel leaking from the train and damaged power lines.

“I was so impressed with how well everyone worked together and CFA volunteers were outstanding in demonstrating their breadth of skills from first aide to recovery,” Mr Billing said.

“While the level of devastation was evident on scene, all emergency service agencies were incredibly organised and were able to calm the passengers quickly while getting them off the train safely.”

Colac Brigade Captain Scott Peschel led a crew at the incident, agreeing that team work across emergency service agencies was impressive.

“Our first priority was to find out if everyone was alright,” Scott said.

“We helped paramedics by assessing each passenger for injuries and reassuring them as we moved them out of the carriages.

“Everyone worked really well together and it was fantastic to see CFA volunteers showing their advanced skills.”   

Last Updated: 23 March 2017