A man has been arrested after a train derailed when it hit a stolen van after it was left on the tracks.
The train smashed into the vehicle which had been abandoned on the tracks at about 4am last Wednesday on West Dapto Road at Kembla Grange, south of Sydney.
Thirteen passengers had been on board and four people, including the 40-year-old train conductor who had to be taken to hospital for minor injuries.
Allan Martin Simpson, 47, was arrested on Wednesday in relation to the crash and is alleged to have attempted to flee on a nearby go-kart that was found in the rail corridor by police.
Allan Martin Simpson, 47, has been arrested in relation to an incident where a train smashed into a stolen van on West Dapto Road at Kembla Grange, south of Sydney last week
Thirteen passengers were evacuated from the four-car train at the West Dapto Rd intersection in Kembla Range, Wollongong, at 4.15am on Wednesday morning last week
The collision forced the front carriage of the four-carriage train to roll onto its side and land in a nearby paddock with the driver trapped inside.
NSW Police found a go-kart on top of a trolley near the tracks as well as a large hole in the security fence surrounding the railway.
Officers found the van had been stolen earlier that morning from a home in Flinders in Shellharbour.
The collision forced the front carriage of the four-carriage train to roll onto its side and land in a nearby paddock with the driver trapped inside
Four passengers on board the train were taken to hospital after suffering injuries
Mr Simpson was taken to the Lake Illawarra Police Station at about 1.30pm on Wednesday and is expected to be charged later on.
After the train crash, firefighters were called and had to use extreme caution when removing those on board due to the potential live high voltage electricity above and below the train.
The collision prompted huge delays for commuters.
Emergency services are seen at the scene on Wednesday morning
A train has flipped on its side after colliding with an abandoned car left on the tracks