Sydney Trains says its entire fleet of Waratah trains is safe after a roof hatch flew off a carriage injuring a commuter.
The hatch fell off on Monday afternoon as the train approached a platform at Burwood Station in the city’s innerwest.
A man aged in his 50s was treated by paramedics but wasn’t hospitalised, while a small fire on the roof self-extinguished by the time NSW Fire and Rescue crews arrived.
Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins assured customers the 78-strong fleet was safe and the incident was an “isolated” case caused by a problem with a traction inverter.
Investigations are continuing.
“Maintenance provider Downer EDI has reviewed the problem and has provided safety assurances for the entire Waratah fleet,” Mr Collins said in a statement on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Labor’s transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay said it was fortunate the incident didn’t occur at peak hour.
The government should release more details on how the incident happened, she said.
“It is a significant concern that this occurred and I also think it’s very fortunate that this didn’t happen during peak hour as that station is one of the busiest in my electorate.”
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance offered his apologies to the injured man on Monday evening.
He said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Office of Transport Safety Investigations would be examining the damaged train.