16 people were hospitalised this morning after a passenger train collided with buffers at Richmond station, north-west of Sydney.
Paramedics working at the scene treating multiple injuries and rescue helicopters are at nearby Richmond Oval. pic.twitter.com/q0wixNx32X
— NSW Incident Alerts (@nswincidents) January 21, 2018
While most those treated had minor cuts and bruises, several passengers sustained more severe injuries.
Two women sustained fractured collarbones. One of them also presented potential spinal injuries. A man also sustained a fractured femur.
None of the injuries were life-threatening.
Emergency services were notified just after 10am. 17 NSW Ambulance services responded, in addition to three rescue helicopters.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, a rail union representative said that it was likely the train hit the barricades at the dead-end station at a low speed.
However, eyewitnesses described seeing the train collide with the barrier at significant speeds.
Sydney Trains cancelled services between Richmond and Clarendon stations as a result of the incident.
#WesternLine PARTIAL CLOSURE: Services have been suspended between Richmond and Clarendon in both directions due to a train hitting the buffers at Richmond. Buses will replace trains. ETA 40 mins pic.twitter.com/IKyQ7Fez4H
— T1 Sydney Trains (@T1SydneyTrains) January 21, 2018