A 42-year-old Maddingley truck driver has allegedly tested positive to a drug test following an incident involving a truck, a car and a train in Truganina this morning.
Police believe a white truck collided with a white Hyundai sedan about 11.30am at the Hopkins Road level crossing, causing the sedan to be pushed onto the train tracks.
The driver, a 23-year-old Rockbank woman, was uninjured and able to escape the vehicle as a train approached but was transported by ambulance to hospital for observation.
After the driver exited the car, it remained on the tracks where it was clipped by the 10.56am V/Line service from Southern Cross Station a few minutes later.
The 42-year-old Maddingley man was uninjured.
He allegedly tested positive to a drug test and is assisting police, according to a statement.
The Moorabool Shire Council waste truck, which was emblazoned with council's logo, was being driven by the employee of a contracted company and not a council employee, according to the shire.
The incident caused all Ballarat line V/Line services in both directions to be replaced by coach for all or part of the journey.
The train's 10 occupants, including staff and and passengers, were all uninjured and able to complete their journey on a replacement bus.
The incident has since been cleared with train services resuming in both directions.
The road will remain closed in both directions between the Western Freeway and Greigs Road, while repairs to the signalling equipment at the level crossing are carried out.
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Police are continuing to investigate the exact circumstances of the incident.
The cancellations are unrelated to an earlier incident at Deer Park which required a relief driver to attend a Geelong-bound train.
V/Line said systems designed to fail safe such situations and the train was brought to a stop as quickly and safely as possible while waiting for the relief driver.
Some Ballarat and Geelong-bound trains were delayed or unable to run as a result of the incident.
There were also disruptions to some Melbourne-bound services due to staff and trains not being in position to operate the services.
Some services were replaced by coaches but V/Line said due to the timing and location of the incident, in most cases, it was faster for passengers to travel on the next available train service rather than waiting for a replacement coach.
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