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Two killed in Melbourne train, car crash

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 By Kaitlyn Offer

Two people have been killed after their car was slammed by an express train and crushed into a station platform in Melbourne.

The crash happened at the Union Road level crossing in Surrey Hills shortly before 4pm on Wednesday.

The car was freed from the train by MFB firefighters using heavy machinery and two people were found inside.

Police are working to identify the people killed and what caused the crash.

A woman who called the 3AW radio station said it appeared the car had tried to beat boomgates at the level crossing.

"The boomgates were going down and it looks like it tried to cross the tracks and got cleaned up," the woman said.

George, who works at a Union Road barber shop just metres from the level crossing, told AAP he heard a bang, but did not realise a train and car had crashed until a customer came in.

He went to the station platform and found dozens of people taking photos of the incident on their phones.

"The car was sandwiched," he said.

The Belgrave and Lilydale lines have been suspended and buses a replacing trains between Camberwell and Box Hill railway stations for most of the night.

"Expect the line will remain closed for several hours due to the severity of the accident at Surrey Hills," a Metro Trains tweet says.

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