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“Go a bit faster,” was the appeal of one passenger on board the train travelling between Glenfield and Holsworthy, with the nearby flames and smoke captured in video uploaded to social media.
“It’s jumped the line already,” a passenger said in the video.
The fire had threatened homes in south-west Sydney on Saturday. On Sunday morning, authorities had downgraded warnings to a watch and act status.
A spokeswoman for Mr Constance said the minister had asked the Secretary of Transport for NSW to refer the operation of the train to the Office of Transport Safety Investigations for review.
The Transport Management Centre said just after 3.45pm on Saturday that rail services had been suspended between Glenfield and East Hills on the T8 Airport and South Line because of a grass fire at Casula.
Police are investigating the cause of that fire, and have since established a crime scene.
At midday on Sunday, the rail line remained closed but was expected to soon re-open.
"Sydney Trains liaised with emergency services throughout yesterday's incident and immediately shut the line when it was deemed unsafe by FRNSW," a spokesman said.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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