Commuter train hits buffers in Sydney injuring 12 passengers

Erika Holt
January 22, 2018

A number of people have been injured in a train crash at Richmond Station in Sydney's north west this morning.

Three people remain trapped in the front carriage, and three rescue helicopters are en-route to the scene.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman told AAP they received a call with reports of multiple injuries after the train hit the buffer stop located at the end of the line.

Initial reports suggest 10 people are being treated for minor injuries, with two more severely hurt.

"The train looked like it was lifted up onto the barrier, it was pretty chaotic at first and then more emergency services came to the scene".

He said the train came in at speed and hit the buffer and rebounded.

A Sydney Trains staff member may have suffered broken ribs, he said.

One witness, Brett, was waiting on the platform when the incident occurred.

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"I just thought 'what the hell was that?'"

"I was straight onto the train as soon as I seen people were injured". There is absolutely blood everywhere, it's a big hit.

A witness told 2GB radio station, 'There was a huge amount of dust.

'Paramedics are now responding to a train incident at Richmond.

"It's all chaos here", another caller, Steve, told the station.

Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins has left pay talks with union officials, aimed at averting a strike next week, to deal with the incident.

"It is a Waratah train, it is one of our new trains, so we'll have a lot of good information about the train but it is too early to say (what the cause was)".

"It is obviously very concerning", he said.

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