Man to face court in relation to Bendigo train derailment

A man has been charged after a train crashed into an abandoned four-wheel-drive left on the tracks near Kangaroo Flat in February.

About 80 passengers and three staff members were on board the V/Line train when it struck the four-wheel-drive on February 15.

The Bendigo-bound train was derailed in the collision and the track sustained damage from the impact. No one was inside the four-wheel-drive at the time of the crash.

An 18-year-old from Marong has been charged on summons to face the Bendigo Magistrates Court on May 29.

He is charged with dangerous driving, obstructing an engine and crossing a railway line other than at the designated crossing.

Two people were taken to Bendigo hospital with minor injuries following the crash and Ambulance Victoria paramedics treated a number of others at the scene.

V/Line at the time said the clean-up effort was “mammoth”, with about 30 metres of track and sleepers over a one-kilometre section of the line needing to be replaced. 

The Bendigo line suffered extensive delays and two cranes were brought in the following day to help remove the damaged train.

Trains generally travel at up to 130 kilometres per hour on the affected section of the track and the derailed train took about 800 metres to come to a stop following the collision.