Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

A man has been charged with causing a passenger train derailment south of Wollongong after a week of manhunt.

Police launched a criminal investigation after a train with four carriages collided with a stolen van left on the railway line near Kembla Grange station last week.

The train driver, a guard and two passengers were brought to the hospital and the train and railway infrastructure was significantly damaged.

Witnesses told police they observed a man running from the scene moments before the collision.

A bird's eye view of the train on the rails
The train driver was trapped and sustained suspected back injuries in the accident.(Delivered: TNV)

Earlier today, police arrested a 47-year-old man in Dapto and took him into custody at Lake Illawarra police station.

He has been charged with endangering the safety of persons on a railway and obstructing a locomotive.

Police also confirmed that a trolley with a go-kart was also found near where the crash occurred, along with a large hole in a security fence that led to an adjacent racetrack.

The man is also charged with theft, driving without consent, driving without a driver’s license and violation of his bail conditions.

He has been denied bail and will appear in Wollongong Local Court tomorrow.


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