Crime scene declared as train derails in Kembla Grange near Wollongong

Erin LyonsNCA NewsWire
VideoNSW train derails at Kembla Grange near Wollongong.

A train has derailed south of Sydney leaving several passengers injured.

The incident occurred in Kembla Grange, near Wollongong, after the derailed passenger train crashed into a car.

Twelve people were evacuated and the driver, who was trapped for a short time, and at least three others including passengers were taken to hospital.

The front carriage of the train has completely detached.

NSW Police said emergency crews were called to the scene just after 4am.

Police have set up a crime scene and are investigating whether a car had been abandoned on the rail line.

NED-4774 NSW Train Crash“Police have been told the train struck an unoccupied vehicle that was on the track, before the front carriage of the train rolled onto its side,” police said.

“Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District have established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Trains between Wollongong and Waterfall are still running but buses will replace trains in certain route with delays expected.

“A shuttle train service is operating in both directions between Albion Park and Kiama,” NSW TrainLink South tweeted.

“Buses are on site and are operating a replacement service between Wollongong and Albion Park in both directions.”

Several people, including the driver, are in hospital. TNV
Camera IconSeveral people, including the driver, are in hospital. TNV Credit: Supplied

“Passengers are also advised to allow plenty of extra travel time, listen to announcements and check information displays for service updates,” Transport for NSW said.

Fire and Rescue NSW said a car was hit by the train at the West Dapto Road intersection.

“Significant damage has been done to overhead wires,” FRNSW said.

A passenger named Mick told 9 News that it felt like a “trampoline” when the train hit the stationary car and that passengers were bumping around.

NSW Ambulance have been contacted for comment.

The incident occurred at Kembla Grange. TNV
Camera IconThe incident occurred at Kembla Grange. TNV Credit: Supplied

Meanwhile Sydney’s public transport network is expected to suffer through major disruptions on Wednesday as some train workers get set to walk off the job.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW members will strike over what the union claims is senior management’s refusal to meet with them as they negotiate a new bargaining agreement.

They criticised Transport Minister Andrew Constance for not personally attending any negotiations and management’s refusal to rule out further privatisation of the state’s transport network.

“Last month rail workers were forced to take the step of stopping our train network for the first time in decades, out of sheer desperation at the complete silence and disrespect from the NSW Government,” RTBU secretary Alex Claassens said.

“Unbelievably, the silence and disrespect has continued.”

Transport NSW said that negotiations were being carried out in “good faith” but added that commuters could expect major disruptions on Wednesday.

The workers are refusing to operate trains on the Sydney Train and NSW TrainLink network, causing some services to be cancelled and others to operate on a reduced timetable.

A train has derailed south of Sydney leaving several passengers injured.The incident occurred in Kembla Grange, near Wollongong, on Wednesday morning after the derailed passenger train crashed into a car. Ten passengers were evacuated and it is the driver and four passengers were taken to hospital. Picture:
Camera IconPolice are investigating the incident. 9News Credit: Supplied
A train has derailed south of Sydney leaving several passengers injured.The incident occurred in Kembla Grange, near Wollongong, on Wednesday morning after the derailed passenger train crashed into a car. Ten passengers were evacuated and it is the driver and four passengers were taken to hospital. Picture:
Camera IconCommuters have been urged to allow for extra travel time. NSW Fire & Rescue Credit: Supplied

Some suburban lines will operate every 30 minutes and will stop at every station, meaning extra travel time will be needed.

Among the changes: buses will replace trains between Bankstown and Lidcombe station while services on the Bankstown line between Liverpool and the CBD will run at a reduced frequency.

Buses will be added to run alongside train services between Macarthur and Campbelltown, between Wollongong and Thirroul as well as between Schofields and Tallawong.

Some suburban lines and NSW TrainLink Intercity services will run on reduced timetables.

Transport NSW said that commuters should consider alternative arrangements including taxis or rideshare or finding alternative routes.

- additional reporting by Steve Zemek

Originally published as Crime scene declared as train derails in Kembla Grange near Wollongong

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