At least 11 people are dead, dozens more are injured and a series of inquiries have been launched after today's horrific collision between a semi-trailer and a train at a level crossing in central Victoria.
In the state's worst rail disaster in more than six decades, the truck slammed into a three-carriage passenger train six kilometres north of Kerang about 1.40pm.
The force of the collision ripped the train's second carriage open down one side and separated the third carriage from the rest of the train.
"It's total devastation," said acting Inspector Michael Talbot of the major collision investigation unit. "There's been seats pulled off rails and cut off. The side and the roof have been destroyed. There's jagged metal everywhere."
Eight people were initially confirmed dead and another died later in hospital. But tonight the death toll rose to 11 when police and emergency services personnel using spotlights discovered another two bodies in the wreckage.
Authorities feared the toll could rise further, with more than 10 people still unaccounted for and investigators continuing to search the wreckage.Reports from The Age A very tragic event for the state of Victoria and Australia. The stories of human carnage is very disturbing. People who were doing something simple as traveling on a train, to be caught in this disaster is very sad indeed. Sympathies go out to all victims involved.