Australian train derails from flooded tracks in horrific scene
A Victorian train has been derailed after a month of wild weather and widespread flooding damaged the rail tracks.
Shocking photos from the scene at Inverleigh, near Geelong, reveal the extent of the damage as more than 20 shipping containers lay sprawled across the nearby paddocks.
Eight wagons derailed from the flood-damaged tracks at 5.30 am on Monday, smashing dozens of shipping containers as they fell.
At least 20 shipping containers were piled on top of each other in the chaotic crash scene about 56 miles from Melbourne.
The freight train stopped just short of a level crossing, which authorities say has already been reopened.
The train tracks had suffered damage during the wild weather and heavy rainfall over the weekend when as much as 3 inches fell over 24 hours in some areas.
Pictures from the scene of the derailment appear to show the rail tracks buckling as water seeps underneath the vital lines.
Authorities have confirmed no injuries have been reported yet, but they will be left with a large clean-up. Emergency services said there were no dangerous goods on-board the train.
Investigators are on site trying to determine the cause of the devastating incident.
The Inverleigh area, just 19 miles from Geelong, copped over an inch of rainfall on top of previous flooding.
The train derailment comes as households across Victoria are reporting blackouts after the wild weather.
Flash flooding has closed lanes on the crucial ring road, so motorists are being urged to take care.
Unfortunately for flood-weary communities, further rainfall is forecast for Monday before chilly temperatures and more settled weather moves in.
The SES said it had received more than 400 requests for assistance in the last 24 hours as floodwaters rise again in already-saturated regions.