A crash involving two freight trains near the Keswick train station caused a derailment and long traffic delays. Photo: Naomi Jellicoe.
A LEVEL crossing at Forestville is still blocked but another at Goodwood has now reopened after a freight train crashed at the Adelaide Parklands Terminal, Keswick, this morning.
A freight train coming in to Adelaide crashed into the back of another freight train near the terminal about 7.45am. Witnesses reported hearing a loud metal bang at the time.
The crash left one of the trains stranded on the tracks over level crossings at Forestville and Goodwood.
Carriages were left broken and sprawled across the tracks after the crash. Photo: Naomi Jellicoe.
Level crossings at Leader St, Forestville, and Victoria St, Goodwood, were closed for several hours. Victoria St has now reopened.
The crash caused traffic chaos earlier this morning around both level crossings but police have since blocked Leader and Victoria streets and traffic congestion has now eased.
The collision forced empty train carriages to derail and break up over the tracks. At least one of the carriages came to rest at 90 degrees to the track.
The crossings at Forestville is expected to be closed for most of the morning while crews work to clear the tracks.
Commuters are advised to avoid the area.
Adelaide Metro passenger services and Great Southern Rail were not affected by the derailment but at least two bus services were diverted. There were no reported injuries.
Australian Rail Track Corporation and Australian Transport Safety Bureau officers are investigating.
Transport company SCT Logistics said one of its general freight trains had been involved in an “incident” at the Keswick terminal and also would be investigating.
“At this stage, the company’s position is there has been an incident with one of our trains,” Chief operating officer Andrew Williams said.
“We will work with authorities to investigate the cause of the incident.
“It’s a fairly recent scene and there’s always conflicting views and information to review.”
He said the freight train was not carrying dangerous goods.
It is understood it was carrying electrical goods, including refrigerators.
A Leader St cafe, which sits next to a crossing blocked by the train, was in the thick of the chaos this morning.
Cafe Leader owner Andrew Williams said it was a normal day of trade until he heard a “loud rail yard shunting sound”.
“We were here trading as normal when we heard that sound,” he said.
“Trains sometimes stop across the crossing when things are banked up but they get cleared fairly quickly.
“But today it sounded different - it was a loud rail yard shunting sound as the wagons stopped suddenly.
“Then there was traffic in the street everywhere, waiting for the drama to end. People were trying to turn around and it was chaos.
“It just went on and on. It’s never happened here before.”