A TRAIN passenger who accidentally exited a carriage from the
wrong side at Camperdown Railway Station and fell to the railway
tracks was found by passers-by after the train continued on its
The Colac man who was travelling to meet friends at Camperdown
escaped the fall with a broken leg - police describe it as a lucky
escape. Police believe the man in his late 30s broke his leg when
he exited the Warrnambool-bound train he was travelling in from the
wrong side at Camperdown about 7.30pm on Friday. The man was
recovering from surgery at South West Healthcare's Warrnambool
hospital yesterday and declined to speak with The Standard
about his ordeal.
Acting Sergeant Chris Potter from Camperdown police said the man
simply made a mistake and believed he was exiting the carriage to
"It was just a mistake and the train pulled out (from the
station) unaware he was on the ground," he said.
Passers-by heard the man's calls for help and raised the alarm,
After learning of the accident, Opposition transport spokesman
Terry Mulder renewed his calls for an upgrade of the "Third World
country" trains running on the Warrnambool line.
"The Warrnambool line has some of the most decrepit carriages in
the state - they groan and creak," Mr Mulder said.
"If this could happen to an adult, it could happen to a child.
There should be a thorough investigation into the incident."
The Department of Infrastructure rail safety regulator should
investigate and the trains upgraded before a child falls onto the
tracks or there is a fatality, he said.
The upgrades should include automatic doors the driver or
conductor operates, he said. The man was taken to South West
Healthcare's Camperdown campus and was transferred to Warrnambool
where he underwent surgery on Saturday. V/ine declined to