A commuter train hit a pole when it failed to stop at the end of the line at the Melling station this morning.
Two passengers were injured. Tranz Metro has described the crash as an “operational incident”.
The crash meant trains were replaced with buses between Petone and Melling, causing delays for morning commuters.
The DomPost quotes a passenger who said the train’s brakes had failed.
Press Release – KiwiRail
KiwiRail says that a thorough investigation is being undertaken to find the cause of the incident involving a Tranz Metro Wellington to Melling train this morning.
Chief Executive Peter Reidy says safety is KiwiRail’s top priority and the company’s first concern is always passenger and staff welfare when such an incident occurs.
“An investigation has been launched to determine exactly what happened.”
“There are more than 11 million journeys made on Tranz Metro each year throughout Greater Wellington and KiwiRail’s mission to make sure each journey is a safe one.
Mr Reidy confirmed 10 passengers and two train crew were on board, and two passengers were treated in hospital. KiwiRail has been in contact with them and both have been discharged from hospital.
“Six passengers left the site immediately after the accident, and we ask those passengers and anyone on the platform at the time of the incident, to call KiwiRail on 027 706 9006 so we can check their welfare.”
Mr Reidy said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the accident “but we reassure our customers that safety is paramount at all times.
“The investigations would look at the full range of possible causes for the incident.
“All Matangi and Ganz Mavag trains are regularly checked as part of our maintenance programme. We conduct regular safety briefings for our staff and have ongoing staff monitoring and training in place.”
All services on the Melling line are suspended until further notice and bus replacements between Melling and Petone are being provided.
Press Release – Rail And Maritime Transport Union
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is expressing sympathy with the travelling public who were injured when a train failed to stop at the end of the Melling line in Lower Hutt this morning.
“This was a very unpleasant shock for commuters on board the train. Our thoughts are with those travellers who had to endure this incident earlier today,” Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson said.
“We will be supporting the crew who have been shaken by the incident, and clearly will want to work with KiwiRail to identify the root cause of the crash.”
“Rail remains very safe as a transport option, and incidents like these are rare. But this in no way minimises the shock to those people on board this morning,” Wayne Butson said.