At least 6 killed in Australian train collision
Thursday, December 2, 1999
At least 6 people have been killed and 51 injured in a collision between 2 passenger trains near Sydney today.
The accident occurred at 08:30 on Thursday morning when a commuter train collided with the Indian Pacific tourist train at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. The Sydney-bound Indian Pacific is thought to have been stationary or moving very slowly at the time. The bi-level local train, crowded with commuters was travelling in the same direction. It had started its journey at Lithgow.
One hundred and fifty nine people were travelling in the Indian Pacific and as many as 1000 were in the local train.
Reports state that just before the impact, the driver of the Lithgow train ran from his cab shouting for every one to get down. The front car collided with the rear-most vehicle of the Indian Pacific which was conveying motor cars belonging to passengers on the express. It tore throught the local train completing destroying the first car.
Although 6 bodies have been recovered, it is thought that the death toll may rise.
The cause of the accident is not yet known although there is some speculation that there may have been a signal failure. An independent inquiry will be held.
This is the worst rail accident in Australia since 1977 when 82 people were killed in an accident at Granville insydney. In this incident, another commuter train from the Blue Mountains became derailed and crashed into the support pylons of a bridge bringing it down on top of the train.
The Indian Pacific was involved in another collision earlier this year at Zanthus in Western Australia. Forty five people were injured when it collided with the rear of a freight train.
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