Memories of the "nightmare night" a Wodonga mother almost lost her daughter when a train derailed flooded back last week when the news broke of the Wallan train accident.
It was almost five years ago when Shirley McKernan's wheelchair-bound daughter Matilda was sent flying across the train in a crash which has left the mother too frightened to travel by train again.
Ms McKernan "couldn't believe" the accident on Thursday night, which killed two people and injured 11, had happened again - and in almost the same place as the 2015 derailment.
"It just all came back to me when I saw what happened and it is really sad that people have died because of it five years after it could have killed Matilda," Ms McKernan said.
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"It was July 11, 2015 and I was standing next to her on the train about to feed her when the train just sent her flying, tipping the chair and sending her across the train.
"Lucky I was there with her and she had her headrest because she would have died if she didn't have that support."
Ms McKernan, who spoke to The Border Mail eight months after the accident, said she shared her story because she "thought she was over the fear".
"We did get back on a train again after that, but every jolt was horrifying and we haven't been on a train since," she said.
"This can't be a coincidence that it has happened again in the same spot - it has to be something to do with that area."
The Sydney to Melbourne XPT service was carrying 153 passengers at the time it came off the tracks on Thursday night near the Wallan railway station.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau report, which investigated the cause of the 2015 derailment, said the train was "approaching Wallan crossing loop when the train traversed the points into the loop road at excessive speed".
Although Ms McKernan does not blame anyone for the accident, she hopes something can be done to make sure this doesn't happen again.
"I really thought that something was going to be done after our accident," she said.
"I spoke to the transport minister and our local member and the ATSB numerous times afterwards, but here we are again. This can't keep happening."
The XPT began being winched from the tracks in Wallan on Sunday after initial investigations were completed on site.