Aus train derailment site due for upgrade

Aus train derailment site due for upgrade

A train crossing in Australia at which a train collided with a truck and derailed, injuring 19, was marked for an urgent upgrade.

The collision at the Pirron Yallock crossing in Victoria on Wednesday night occurred at a crossing with no barrier arms, The Standard reports.

Emergency services say there was potential for multiple deaths, and are thankful that didn't happen.

Of the 99 passengers and driver on board the train, as well as the truck driver, 19 were assessed by paramedics who were called to the scene.

Eighteen of those were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The collision caused the V/Line train's engine and several carriages to derail and also caused extensive damage to the semi-trailer.

The crossing was fast-tracked for a $2 million safety upgrade by the Victorian government in February as part of a larger scheme.

Police are still investigating the cause of the collision, however Colac police Sergeant Shane Howard said it appeared the truck had driven in front of the train.