Tragedy at Waterfall

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Waterfall Derailment

The picture on the right says it all really.

From SMH:
Nine people are confirmed dead, and 39 injured in hospital, after a peak-hour commuter train derailed in Sydney's south today. The driver was killed, many people remained trapped in the wreckage and it was feared that the death toll could rise.

Initial reports were that it was a south-bound train (heading away from the city), but there were conflicting reports, and I worried about some friends of mine that live in Helensburg and catch the train to work. A mobile phone call later confirmed they were ok.

In a way it was a good thing that it was a southbound train, as the casualties could have been a whole lot higher if it had been a citybound train.

My brother (who works for Cityrail) got to the site, he said it was pretty bad.

For some bizarre reason this affected me a whole lot more than the Glenbrook train disaster - prolly cause this is so much "closer to home".

3 Comments

barry said:

hi kazza. this is bazza.i've just read you're piece on the waterfall crash. i thought you might like to hear that i was injured in the crash. i was in the front carriage, up the top, four or five seats from the front, on the left.if you look at the picture of the front carriage. you can see rescuers trying to reach me. i was one of two survivors who rode in the top of that carriage. i think i am the luckiest survivor on that train because of where i was.

March 4, 2003 2:28 PM

   

Striker said:

Holy Shit..

Hi Bazza, I'm glad to hear you survived. It truely was a disaster.

Does anyone know what caused it as yet?
(I'm not as avid a newsfollower as Kaz is, so forgive me if the cause was shown on the nightly news, and I missed it)

March 4, 2003 5:52 PM

   

kazza said:

The first line of Striker's comment pretty much sums it up !

I think I heard something on the news the other night that the coroner wasn't going to release an interim report - just the final one, whenever that one will be.

March 6, 2003 11:46 PM

   

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