Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

12 injured as train hits barrier at Sydney station

12 injured as train hits barrier at Sydney station

At least 15 people have been injured after a train crashed into a barrier at the end of a railway line near Sydney.

Emergency services were called to the station just before 10am on Monday.

Seventeen NSW Ambulance resources, three rescue helicopters and seven NSW Fire and Rescue crews are attending the scene.

"All passengers are now off the train following accident at Richmond Station", it tweeted. The injured were treated at the scene and transported to nearby hospitals.

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A major triage area has been set up to assess patients, a FRNSW spokeswoman said, with fire and rescue crews assisting paramedics alongside SES crews.

Before the weekend, Unions NSW secretary Mark Morey said both the unions and the Government hoped to eke out a more attractive package to take to workers this week.

He said the 10 other commuters had suffered less serious injuries but predicted the number of those injured would rise. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

"[We] saw that the train had hit the end ... it looked like it really slammed its brakes on", she said.

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

Witnesses have described a scene of chaos, with the train apparently hitting the buffer at the end of the line "at speed".

She was sitting down, six carriages back, when the train collided with the buffer stop and she was thrown from her seat, hitting her head in the fall.

Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins said it was too early to speculate about the cause but from what he had seen, the buffer stop worked "effectively".

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