Two dead as Sydney-Melbourne train derails

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Two people have been killed after a Sydney to Melbourne express train derailed near the Victorian town of Wallan, officials say.

Several other passengers were being treated for injuries, emergency services said.

One person was airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne.

Images showed a number of twisted carriages had left the track, with one on its side. It was unclear what caused the train to derail.

Paramedics from Ambulance Victoria said “a large number of people are being assessed but are not believed to be seriously injured”.

The train was reportedly carrying about 160 passengers when it left the tracks at 19:50 local time (08:50 GMT) on Thursday, some 45km (28 miles) north of Melbourne, the Victorian state capital.

It is understood to be the main long-distance service between Melbourne and Sydney.

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