Two pedestrians struck after driverless train derails in Tasmania

Two pedestrians have suffered injuries when a driverless freight train derailed in northern Tasmania.

The TasRail service left tracks on Friday about 9am on Formby Road at Devonport where it hit a fence, sending material flying.

The debris hit a woman, aged in her 20s, in the head and a man in his 40s has a suspected broken elbow and cuts, police said.

Emergency services described the pair’s injuries as minor.

A pedestrian has been injured in a train derailment in northern Tasmania. The automated freight train left the tracks and crashed into fencing at a railway station.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it is aware of the incident and is gathering information. It is yet to confirm whether an investigation will be launched.

Emergency services are at the scene and motorists are urged to avoid the area.