A stolen 4WD was crushed by a V/Line train near Jacana on Monday night. Photo: Courtesy of radio station 3AWPassengers were lucky to escape serious injury after a V/Line train ploughed into a stolen four-wheel-drive that was dumped on tracks in Melbourne’s north on Monday night.
The Albury-bound V/Line service crashed into the abandoned 4WD, which was sitting on the tracks about 200 metres north of Jacana station, about 6.40pm.
Police said the Nissan 4WD was pushed by the train along the tracks for approximately 400 metres before finally coming to rest.
Two men were seen running from the 4WD moments before the crash, radio station 3AW reported.
The 6.02pm V/Line service had not long left Southern Cross Station when it hit the 4WD.
About 170 passengers were on board the train at the time of the crash, but no one was injured.
Passengers had to climb out of the train using ladders and then walk along the tracks in the dark to safety.
It took more than two-and-a-half hours to get all 170 passengers off the train, a V/Line spokesman said.
“Because it [was] dark and [was] very rough, you want to make sure people get across safely,” the spokesman said.
“There would have been quite a delay for those customers.”
Sergeant Richard Eldridge praised the actions of the V/Line driver, who managed to slam on the brakes and slow the train down in time to prevent a catastrophe.
“The V/Line driver has done a great job, putting his brakes on straight away. There’s no injured, or no discomfort to any of the passengers,” he told Nine News.
The car reportedly belonged to Craigeburn carpenter Chris Zammit, who had made a plea on Facebook for the return of his stolen vehicle not long before the crash.
He received a call last night to tell him that his car had been found wedged beneath a train, 3AW reported.
The incident prompted a wave of train cancellations and delays across the Metro and V/Line networks, as V/Line staff could not begin the difficult task of removing the car from the tracks until about 10pm.
Metro Trains services on the Craigieburn line were replaced by buses between Essendon and Broadmeadows. Buses were also replacing Tuesday’s early morning V/line services from Seymour and Albury. Craigieburn line: Buses replacing trains from Essendon to Broadmeadows due to an emergency services request. Info: https://t.co/fE9E9HQ0pA— Metro Trains (@metrotrains) April 25, 201626/04/16 05:50 Seymour – Southern Cross will be replaced by road coaches due to an obstruction on the track.— V/Line Seymour Line (@vline_seymour) April 25, 201626/04/16 06:35 Albury – Southern Cross has been replaced by road coaches due to an obstruction on the track on Monday.— V/Line Seymour Line (@vline_seymour) April 25, 2016
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