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Sydney train accident: passengers trapped and injured at Richmond station

Sydney train accident: passengers trapped and injured at Richmond station

At least twelve people have been injured after a train failed to brake and hit a buffer wall at Richmond Station, in Sydney's north west, just before 10am.

"The train was reportedly slowing to stop at the station", NSW Police said in a statement.

Three choppers, 17 ambulance crews and Fire & Rescue teams raced to the scene.

A train has hit the buffers at Richmond station, in Sydney's north-west, with reports of multiple injuries.

Train services have been suspended between Richmond and Clarendon in both directions. The injured were treated at the scene and transported to nearby hospitals.

Fifteen ambulance vehicles were deployed to the scene, together with two rescue helicopters, with the patients taken to four hospitals in the region.

Officials said it is too soon to determine the cause of the crash.

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New South Wales Ambulance's Acting Superintendent Steve Vaughan told reporters that patients were complaining of neck and back pain, as the injured were carried on stretchers into waiting ambulances. "There was a huge amount of dust", he said.

"No patients were trapped by compression, however several patients were classified as trapped as they were unable to leave the train without assistance from paramedics", said Turner.

Talks between Sydney and NSW trains management and train unions reached an impasse on Monday night after the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) rejected an offer from train bosses deemed to be "not up to scratch".

The meeting comes a week before a planned train strike on January 29 when more than 9000 train workers will stop work for 24 hours as they push for a six per cent pay rise and improved conditions.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said there would be three independent investigations, run by different agencies, into the crash.

At the time of writing, ABC News has reported that as many as 20 people were injured in the incident.