Bethungra floods details train killing seven

Heavy rain had fallen over a period of several days across the south-west region of New South Wales, and swiftly flowing water from the resulting flash floods had washed away the culvert and railway track over the Salt Cray Creek in Bethungra, near Cootamundra. During this time, an overnight train from Melbourne was zipping across to Sydney, carrying a heavily booked train filled partly with passengers headed for the Randwick races the next day. To make matters worse, communication lines were down and the track inspector who discovered the disastrous situation was unable to warn the train on time. The resulting train derailment tragically claimed the lives of seven people and injured more than 20 people. An inquiry following the disaster found that the culvert was too small and unable to withstand a heavy volume of water that would occur during flash flooding.