A V-Line train has collided with a wagon from a derailed freight train in north-east Victoria, but no injuries have been reported.
- Several of the freight train’s wagons caught alight during the derailment
- Services on the Albury-Melbourne line were disrupted and the Hume Freeway was partially closed
- The site has been quarantined for investigators
An Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) statement said the northbound freight train derailed south of Wodonga between Chiltern and Barnawartha about 5:40pm.
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The 5:20pm V-Line Albury-to-Melbourne service travelling south on the adjacent track subsequently struck one of the freight train’s wagons.
A CFA spokesperson said a number of the wagons were alight when emergency services arrived, and the flames sparked a grassfire.
The spokesperson said no dangerous goods were on board either of the trains and the fire was quickly brought under control.
Ambulance Victoria said paramedics were called to the scene but no-one was transported to hospital.
“Paramedics assessed 19 patients,” a statement said. “There were no injuries.”
Police said traffic on the Hume Freeway was partially closed during the incident.
All services on the train line have been suspended and the site has been quarantined for independent safety regulators and incident investigations.
“Our priority at this stage is to ensure the safety of the persons involved and assisting attending emergency authorities,” the ARTC statement said.
“We will be providing further updates as they become available.”