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Police are investigating after an oBike was thrown onto a moving train causing $300,000 worth of damage.
The rental bike was thrown from a pedestrian bridge near Birrarung Marr and Rod Laver Arena between 4.30pm and 4.41pm on April 29, causing chaos on the train lines and extensive delays for passengers.
Metro Trains said the oBike was thrown from the footbridge onto a train which damaged the equipment that connects the train to power lines. The power lines were also damaged.
The oBike caused the train to lose power as it approached Flinders St station and 120 passengers had to be assisted from the train. Commuters were reportedly stuck on board for over an hour as safety precautions were completed.
"This is an irresponsible and dangerous act of vandalism that caused significant disruption to a large number of people," a Metro Trains spokesman said on the Sunday the bike was thrown.
"The train remained near Flinders St Station for several hours while crews worked to fix the damage to overhead lines. Platform 4 at Flinders Street station was unavailable causing knock on delays throughout the evening."
The damage meant the Glen Waverley line was suspended between Burnley and Darling stations for over an hour because of the power fault. There were also delays on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines.
Police on Wednesday asked for any witnesses to come forward.
"A rental bike was thrown from William Barak Bridge and struck the moving train sometime between 4.30pm and 4.41pm on Sunday the 29th of April, 2018," a spokesman said.
"The incident caused approximately $300,000 worth of damage but no one was injured."
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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