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Rail commuters were stranded on a train for more than 40 minutes in Melbourne's west this morning when a power surge cut electricity to the area.
The blackout also hit almost 40,000 homes and businesses in the area for a short time after a transformer inside the Laverton sub-station malfunctioned about 8.50am.
Powercor spokesman Ryan Auger said the blackout affected residents in Point Cook, Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit, Laverton and Altona Meadows for eight minutes.
"It seems there was some damage to a piece of equipment, a transformer within the sub-station itself. We're conducting an investigation," he said.
"Power has been restored and we have managed to re-route around that piece of infrastructure. We will get to the bottom to understand why it has happened and take the necessary action."
But the surge created major problems for commuters on the Werribee line when rail operator Metro was unable to move the track points at the Altona junction.
Metro spokesman Chris Whitefield said the 8.21am service from Flinders Street Station was stuck in a section of track at Altona for more than 40 minutes. It was unclear how many passengers were on the train at the time.
Mr Whitefield said the following train was stopped at Altona station for 30 minutes, while other services were cancelled before Metro could divert some trains around the affected section.
In a separate incident, commuters on the Cranbourne line suffered delays about 7.30am when two city-bound trains were cancelled within minutes of each other due to separate mechanical faults.
Mr Whitefield said the break-downs caused delays and crowding as many banked up commuters attempted to hop on to following services.
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