More than 15 injured in major train incident

Monday 22 January 2018, Sydney

A 21-year-old male has been taken to hospital in a stable condition after a train hit a buffer stop at the end of the rail line at Richmond Station in Sydney’s north-west this morning.

The man was the most seriously injured of 16 patients, among 35 passengers affected in the incident.

CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was tasked at 10am, landing in the oval beside the station at 10.11am.

Two NSW Ambulance helicopters were also tasked and landed shortly after, joining emergency service teams on scene, including SES and multiple NSW Fire & Rescue units. Emergency service authorities had declared it a state major incident.

CareFlight’s specialist doctor and critical care paramedic assisted in triaging patients aboard the train, before treating the 21-year-old man for leg fractures and spinal precautions due to neck injuries.

They continued treating him in a road ambulance as he was taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

CareFlight’s helicopter crew remained scene, assisting NSW Ambulance crews with managing a number of patients who were taken to hospital in road ambulances.

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