Piecing together a tragedy
TRACK CLEAR: Cranes were brought in yesterday to take the train wreck (below) from the damaged tracks. Picture: Ian WilsonPAINSTAKING clean-up began at the weekend as three agencies tried to find explanations for the fatal train crash at Trawalla on Friday.Transit Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Barry Hills said the police investigation would be lengthy and complex.”At this stage the truck driver has been interviewed by police but further inquiries still need to be carried out and witnesses need to be spoken to,” Det Sen Const Hills said.”There is a lot of damage done to the tracks, and it will take a long time for the tracks to be repaired.”The investigation will consider the speed of the train which would be registered in a black box recorder. Det Sen Const Hills said the device would help police determine the train’s speed at the moment of impact.He said Friday night’s operation had been “long and tedious”, but he commended the police and emergency services on their work.Forensic crews turned the site over to crane operators at 1.30pm on Saturday, when they began removing the wreckage.Quinlan Cranes’ Shane Avery said the rear carriage was lifted onto a truck about 2am yesterday after hours of careful separation.He said it was the first time any V/Locity train had been carried by road.The trains and the truck have been taken to a lock-up in Newport, Melbourne.Former VicRail track maintenance officer Robert Hare said the tracks were not getting enough maintenance.”The problem is that you can’t touch the native trees around the tracks due to conservationists,” Mr Hare said.”But you have got to have clearance, and you have to be able to see trains coming.”A V/Line spokesperson yesterday said the line between Ballarat and Ararat would stay closed until further notice, with more track repair work to be done.
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