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A suburban Melbourne train carrying about 150 passengers was travelling at almost 80km/h when faulty wiring caused carriages to separate.
The six-carriage Metro Train service to Lilydale, in the city's northeastern outskirts, split in two shortly after it left Croydon station just before 5pm on November 9 last year.
A wiring error made during a modification to the train caused the issue and it was not detected by Metro Trains verification program, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found in a report published on Wednesday.
The train was travelling at 78km/h when it entered a curve. The driver checked the rear-view mirror and saw the front three carriages separate from the three behind.
He immediately applied the emergency brake. The trailing cars' emergency brakes were also activated and came to a stop, 300 metres apart.
There were no injuries to passengers or damage to the train.
Two technical faults led to the split including the wiring error and a deterioration of insulation resistance in the leading car, which led to a circuit error.
The safety bureau's testing found 11 low-note whistles were wired incorrectly on the Metro fleet by the same technician and a function test would not uncover the error.
However the bureau said the issue had since been resolved and all affected trains had undergone maintenance.
Maintenance workers also underwent retraining and the wiring document was updated to prevent future issues.
This article first appeared on www.msn.com
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