The worst rail disaster in Victoria’s living history has claimed 11 people while 3 passengers still remain unaccounted for. The crash occurred on the Murray Valley Highway crossing on the Swan Hill to Melbourne Train.

The Honorable Mr Steve Bracks, Premier for Victoria stated “This is a tragedy which is going to obviously reverberate around Victoria for some time to come.”

The level crossing was marked only with lights and sirens.  There were no boom gates. A freight carrying semi-trailer went straight through the crossing, colliding with the third carriage of the passenger train.  The first two carriages continued for 500 metres while the third lay strewn across the tracks and the remaining two carriages de-railing.

23 people remain critically or seriously injured as the search continues this morning.


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