Cause of Richmond train crash undetermined

March 08, 2018

The January 22 impact crushed the train's the bumper and caused part of it to lift.

A train that slammed into a rail barrier at a Sydney station earlier this year - injuring 16 people - was not speeding, the first report into the crash has found.

The report also revealed the driver was medically fit and the rails were free of contaminants.

The train smashed into the end of the line at Richmond station on the city's western outskirts, on the morning of January 22, with the impact crushing the bumper and causing part of the train to lift.

The Australian Transport and Safety Bureau's preliminary report, released on Thursday, found the driver of the train was experienced, familiar with the route, fully qualified "and had been passed as medically fit".

The report found no evidence of contaminants on the rails, no issues with the windscreen or sun affecting the driver's vision, and no issue with the signal near the platform.

The train's event and video recorders were intact and operational and were seized for further analysis.

Sydney Trains implemented a temporary 25 km/h speed limit approaching the platform in response to the crash.

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