Pedestrians hurt after out-of-control train is deliberately derailed in Tasmania

TWO pedestrians have been injured, hit by flying debris after an out-of-control train was deliberately derailed at Devonport, in Tasmania’s north.

The automated freight train was loaded with cement and travelling at about 50km/h when it left the tracks near Formby Road just after 9am on Friday.

TasRail said they chose to deliberately derail the driverless train after realising it was out-of-control.


It smashed through a fence opposite a Post Office, just 100 metres from the Harbour Master Cafe, sending debris flying through the air.

(Photo: Twitter via Tasmania Talks/@TasmaniaTalks)

It’s understood a woman aged in her 20s was struck in the head by a fence pailing, while a man in his 40s sustained a suspected broken ankle and cuts to his elbow after bit hit by airborne debris, police said.

Thankfully, the pair’s injuries are said to only be minor and no one else is believed to have been hurt.

Both the man and woman have been taken to North West Regional Hospital for treatment.

TasRail and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident.

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