Sydney train hits buffer leaving 16 wounded

Published: January 22, 2018 11:09:58 | Updated: January 22, 2018 13:31:05

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Sixteen people have been injured after a train hit a railway buffer on the outskirts of Australia’s Sydney, said police.  

The accident happened at the end of a railway line in Richmond, in the city's north-west, around 10:00 local time on Monday (23:00 Sunday GMT), reports the BBC.

A 21-year-old man suffered a broken leg. Another 15 people were treated for minor injuries, paramedics said.

Police said they were investigating why the train did not stop.

"These people are very lucky - it was chaos - things could have been much, much worse," said Supt Paul Turner, from New South Wales Ambulance.

One witness who saw the aftermath of the crash said it was a "very distressing scene".

"[There were] very chaotic scenes of emergency services trying to get people off the platform," Broady Graham said.

The train had been slowing down to stop when the accident happened, police said.

Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins told reporters the train had "hit the buffers pretty hard", but had not derailed.

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