28 September 2023

Four taken to hospital after Cockington Green train derailment

| Kim Treasure
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One of the trains at Cockington Green. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Four people have been injured after a train carriage at popular Canberra tourist attraction Cockington Green derailed this morning.

With the school holidays well underway, ACT Policing hopes visitors to the miniature village will be able to provide witness statements and mobile phone footage of the accident.

A spokesperson said at about 10 am today (28 September), the train carriage came off the tracks and injured several passengers.

Four people were treated at the scene by ACT Ambulance Service paramedics and then taken to hospital.

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Both ACT Policing and Worksafe ACT have attended the scene – it has not yet been determined which agency will oversee the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or may have mobile phone footage or photos is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference P2196084. Information can be provided anonymously.

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I certainly hope this won’t end up with a reactionary bureaucratic crackdown on live steam model locomotives. This is a very rare mishap, in what is generally a very well managed and maintained fraternity of live steam enthusiasts. And, kids love live steam locomotives. So please, bureacrats, no knee-jerk reactions.

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