Doctors turned away from Kerang train disaster, inquest told

MEDICAL professionals were turned away from the scene of a northern Victorian train crash that killed 11 people, an inquest into the disaster has been told.

Local resident, Alan Peacock, told the inquest into the 2007 crash at Kerang that he was in his kitchen when he heard a loud explosion and went down to the scene with his wife, who was a nurse.

Mr Peacock said that there were possibly up to a dozen ambulance vehicles there but, in the first 45 minutes of arriving, he only saw one ambulance officer on the train tending to the injured.

He said they were also puzzled about why there were not any local doctors at the scene when they could have arrived within minutes.

“For some reason or another, the doctors weren’t asked to attend,” he said.

“I do know other medical people did try to get through and they were told they weren’t needed.”

Mr Peacock agreed under cross-examination by