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Melbourne-Adelaide rail line could take a week to clear


It could take up to a week to clear the wreckage of a train derailment in Victoria's west as authorities investigate the cause.


The rail corridor between Melbourne and Adelaide remains closed as authorities work out how to remove more than a dozen derailed train carriages near Geelong, in Victoria's west.

Shipping containers were sent tumbling when a 1.7 kilometre-long train with 55 carriages derailed near Inverleigh early on Monday.

Sixteen of the carriages went off the tracks, blocking the rail corridor between Adelaide and Melbourne.

No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.


Victoria State Emergency Service Chief Officer Tim Wiebusch told reporters on Monday:

"We know there was heavy rainfall and some flash flooding in that area but at this stage it's too early to know what the cause was of the train derailment,"
"We are lucky we weren't dealing with a passenger train in this instance and that the crew on board that freight train were also unscathed."

Mr Wiebusch said authorities were working out how to get heavy machinery to the rural area and it could take more than a week for the debris to be cleared.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has taken control of the site. Bureau chief commissioner Angus Mitchell said: "Investigators will survey the site and collect any relevant components for further examination and analysis." "They will also obtain and review any recorded data, weather information, witness reports, and relevant train and track operator records."

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