Train rampage leaves man seriously injured  
The Age
June 5, 2010

A man has undergone surgery for serious head injuries after a group of youths attacked a trainload of passengers in Melbourne overnight.

Police say that between seven and ten youths boarded the Frankston-bound train at 11pm and began harassing passengers, including threats with a broken bottle.

Some of the youths jumped onto the tracks at McKinnon station and threw rocks and other material at the windows, smashing the glass.

A piece of ballast was thrown at a passenger, leaving him with life-threatening head injuries.

The group scattered when police arrived, but a 17-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He was interviewed by police and remanded in custody in relation to another matter.

The 29-year-old Frankston South man underwent surgery at The Alfred this morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault, in particular the 40-50 passengers who alighted at McKinnon station and were waiting on the platform.

Investigators are still examining CCTV footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit