Rain causes col­li­sion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Heavy rain and slips caused two trains to col­lide, and blocked part of State High­way 1 near Plim­mer­ton last Thurs­day.

The trains, one car­ry­ing 40 pas­sen­gers and the other 14 pas­sen­gers and three Ki­wiRail staff, col­lided just af­ter 3pm near Taupo Swamp.

One, head­ing north to Para­pa­raumu, struck a slip, de­railed and was driven into the path of an on­com­ing south-bound lo­co­mo­tive.

Pas­sen­gers said they feared they were go­ing to die and spoke of show­er­ing glass on im­pact.

The driv­ers jumped from the cabs be­fore the col­li­sion.

Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance said four peo­ple were taken to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal, two with spinal in­juries, but three were re­leased that evening.

The trains were cleared from the site overnight but com­muters were forced to take buses on Fri­day.

Else­where on the rail net­work in this area, tracks sub­sided near Muri sta­tion in Pukerua Bay, with a 15-me­tre slip caus­ing the earth to fall away from un­der the tracks.

On SH1, a slip near Whenua Tapu ceme­tery blocked a south­bound lane for a time, but was cleared quickly.

Flood­ing closed Paekakariki Hill and Grays roads, and there were sev­eral slips in Pukerua Bay.

One hit a house in Te Ara Rd.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Rocky ride: Com­muters are helped off the trains fol­low­ing the head-on col­li­sion be­tween Whenua Tapu and Plim­mer­ton last Thurs­day.

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