A train heading from Wellington to Paraparaumu hit a landslip north of Plimmerton at 2:38pm. The train was carrying around 40 passengers at the time of the crash. Then at around 3:15pm a south-bound train carrying 14 passengers collided with the derailed north-bound train.
Some passengers had to remain inside the derailed trains’ carriages for over an hour before being transferred to other modes of transport. Ambulance officers had been on the scene from shortly after the accidents assessing passengers for injuries. Read more »