Laverton

Driver dies as car slams into pole in Bladin Street, Laverton

Thomas O'Byrne A man has died after he lost control of his car and crashed into a pole in Melbourne's west.

Five in hospital after Laverton explosion

Deborah Gough Five people are in hospital after a explosive fire in Laverton North blew a hole through the roof of a refrigeration container at a One Steel factory on Friday night.Deborah Gough

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Woman dies in crash with garbage truck

Adrian Lowe A young woman has died after her car collided with a garbage truck in Melbourne's west.

Rail works cause peak-hour chaos

Metro train.

Adam Carey and Caroline Zielinski Peak-hour commuters hit by combination of long delays, over-crowded trains and substitute bus services as Metro attempts to complete its already delayed rail works.

Train disruptions roll on as rail works run off track

Commuters in North Melbourne.

Adrian Lowe Train commuters face yet another day of delays and cancellations as rail works continue to play havoc across the network.

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Peak-hour delays plague morning commute

Metro.

Deborah Gough Widespread train delays that hit the Melbourne morning commuter peak on Monday are now cleared and services are running as normal, Metro Trains has said.

Rail chaos plagues morning peak

Adrian Lowe Commuters in Melbourne's west and south-west endured major headaches and delays city-bound on Friday morning, with an equipment fault causing chaos for the rail network.

Decapitation death: company's legal bid fails

A chicken factory worker.

Adrian Lowe One of Australia's largest chicken producers has failed in a bid to have charges against it dismissed over the decapitation of a worker at a Laverton processing plant three years ago.

A tale of two rail lines: Altona slumps while Werribee soars

Altona station

Adam Carey, Craig Butt Two rail lines diverge in Altona North; some take the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.

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Storms roll into Melbourne after day of record heat

Williamstown at 3.30pm Thursday.

Benjamin Millar and Stephen Cauchi It’s official – Melbourne experienced its warmest-ever July day - but the summery burst was shortlived with storms hitting the city.

Two killed in separate crashes

Victoria Police tape

Jared Lynch An elderly woman has been killed after she was hit by a truck in Melbourne's south-east.

Neighbours shocked by trashed house

The Laverton house trashed in Bladin Street.

Caroline Zielinski When they woke up on Monday, Laverton residents did not expect to see an ironing board hanging from a tree, a couch balanced precariously on the roof and a mountain of debris covering the front lawn...

Trains delayed, roads flooded as rain plays havoc with commuters

Rain droplets.

Adrian Lowe After heavy overnight showers, Melbourne has woken to flash flooding, causing trouble on the road and rail systems.

Wild night as wind causes chaos across Melbourne

Melbourne has been lashed by wild winds.

Adrian Lowe Residents across Melbourne are cleaning up after wild winds of more than 100km/h hit the city overnight, uprooting trees and power lines and leaving rubbish and debris strewn across roads and paths.

Three men charged over ice seizure

Court

Caroline Zielinski A father and son have been charged with importing more than 200 kilograms of the drug ice in a trailer truck's tyres.

Slaughter of horses causes outrage

A horse being dragged.

Richard Willingham Allegations of inhumane slaughter of horses at a western suburbs knackery have sparked outrage and prompted the Melbourne and Werribee Open Range zoos to source horsemeat from other knackeries.

New station in a jam as commuters fear parking woes

Adam Carey A railway station at Williams Landing, being built at a cost of $110 million, will help fill a urgent need for better public transport in Melbourne's outer west.

100 jobs go as Amcor cans drinks-lid facility

Clay Lucas Amcor will close a beer can facility it runs in Thomastown in July and outsource the work to another manufacturer.

Billion-dollar plan to fix dangerous roads

A Frankston roadside memorial.

Adam Carey The state government will spend $1 billion to cut the road toll.