Main line closed after Inverleigh derailment
|The Melbourne-Adelaide main line is closed following a derailment between Inverleigh and Gheringhap near Geelong on Monday morning.
The service, en route from Perth to Melbourne, derailed with containers displaced on both sides of the track and some within an adjoining paddock.
The locomotives made it across a culvert and remained on the track with sixteen wagons coming off. Estimates are that there are at least sixteen containers piled up in the wreckage.
SES Chief Operations Officer Tim Wiebusch told ABC News that assessments are underway on how to get heavy machinery on site to remove wreckage and that it could be a week or more before there is active work on the line.
“We know there was heavy rainfall and some flash flooding in that area but at this stage its too early to know what the cause was of the train derailment,” Mr Wiebusch said.
Victorian Transport Association CEO Peter Anderson told the ABC that there will likely be an increase in road freight between Melbourne and Adelaide while the line is repaired.
The ARTC is working with customers on a recovery plan while the ATSB has sent a team of investigators to the site.