Rail services have become so busy that train drivers and maintenance workers are forced to work extra hours and are often too tired to leave their homes to do their jobs.
A train driver has been charged with murder after his wife and two children were killed in an accident on the North Western Railway, north of Melbourne, on Tuesday.
A 47-year-old man was charged with two counts of murder and three counts of manslaughter, but prosecutors have yet to make a decision on a sentence.
The train was carrying a number of passengers from Melbourne to the Gold Coast when the accident occurred about 3.30pm.
Two of the people on board were in their 40s and 50s, and the third was 60, according to the Federal Police.
The driver and a maintenance worker were both wearing life jackets when the train derailed and they were not wearing their seat belts.
Their bodies were found at about 5.30am on the tracks.
A 52-year old man was taken to hospital with a chest wound and later died.
The woman was taken home to Perth with severe injuries.
The Federal Police said the men had travelled from Melbourne by train and were on their way to visit their mother.
“The driver’s wife and children were on board the train when it was derailed, but both the driver and the maintenance worker survived,” a spokesman for the Federal Crime Command said.
“Both were wearing life vests at the time of the accident and were not travelling at night, so it is believed that they had taken the time to walk the length of the train tracks to reach their mother’s house.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Topics:death,accidents,police,melbourne-3000,vicFirst posted March 16, 2020 12:57:24More stories from Western Australia