Rail operator Railtrack is to take “no responsibility” for the “foolishly” caused train accident in Sydney’s CBD, it has announced.
The accident occurred in an area known as the “Fool’s Lane” between Darling Harbour and Circular Quay in Sydney.
“Railtrack has taken full responsibility for the accident,” the company said in a statement.
It said it is reviewing safety protocols following the incident, which occurred during rush hour.
A spokesman for the NSW Transport Safety Bureau (STB) said: “The train did not have the necessary clearance to pass through the railway, and as a result the track had to be closed for a significant period of time.”
It is the first major accident involving a train in NSW since the introduction of a new railway code in June.
Railtrack will be working with the State Government to ensure a thorough review of the safety of the rail system is undertaken.
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said he has spoken to the NSW Ambulance Service about the incident.
“We have taken a very difficult decision to cancel the train service between Circular quay and Darling Harbour.
We will work with the Government to have this incident taken care of as quickly as possible,” Mr O’Regan said.
Inspector-General of Police Peter Gartland said the “significant damage” caused to the track was “unacceptable”.
“We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and have contacted the operator to discuss the need for additional precautions,” Inspector-General Peter GARTLAND said.