Electricity burns cause Melb train delays

By Luke Costin
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Power outage shuts down Melb train lines

A power outage has forced two train lines to be suspended in Melbourne.

A maintenance worker was burned on his face during a workplace accident that caused major train delays in Melbourne.

Hundreds of commuters were stranded at Ringwood station after the accident on the busy Belgrave-Lilydale line early on Friday forced the cancellation of several services.

Hundreds of frustrated commuters were filmed snaking around Ringwood station as Metro Trains struggled to find replacement buses.

"8 trainloads if people do not fit on to the 3 buses that have arrived at Ringwood since 7am!" Jed Maxwell said on Twitter.

Metro Trains has confirmed a worker who had been involved in overnight maintenance on overhead lines suffered minor flash burns to his face and hands.

The rail operator is still investigating why a section of overhead was prematurely re-energised when the wires were being switched back on at 4.30am.

"We take safety incidents very seriously and will do all we can to avoid a recurrence," Metro spokeswoman Sammie Black told AAP.

The worker was taken to hospital for observation and had since been released, Ms Black said.

Trains resumed running between Camberwell and Box Hill just before 7am and all services between Box Hill and Ringwood resumed at 7.45am.