Ashfield Local Area Command
Smashed Train Windscreen Causes Train Delay – Ashfield
Ashfield Police are investigating the circumstances that left a train windscreen smashed, a power outage and more than 60 passengers stranded last night.
About midnight emergency services were called to the rail line between Summer Hill and Ashfield due to a train being stopped on the tracks with passengers on board.
Further investigations revealed the train had passed under Liverpool Road, near Carlton Crescent, where it smashed into what appeared to be pushbike rims that had been hung from the bridge.
The force of the impact not only shattered the windscreen of the train, but flipped the rims up into the overhead cables of the rail network.
Emergency services had concerns of live power travelling through and around the train so passengers were contained within the carriages until the situation was resolved.
Passengers were released about 90 minutes later, all unharmed.
The driver of the train, a 26-year-old man from Bass Hill, was not hurt during the incident.
Investigations are continuing and police are encouraging anyone who may have seen someone in possession of pushbike rims, or acting suspiciously near the train line at Liverpool Road, near Carlton Crescent, to contact Ashfield Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.