Saturday, July 30, 2005

Fast train comin!

The Dominion reports Nine runaway freight-train wagons hurtled through 12 rail crossings and ploughed into a ute in rural Wairarapa, leaving the driver in a critical condition. Three investigations have begun into the incident, in which the linked wagons, weighing 190 tonnes, slammed into the vehicle of Dominion Post delivery contractor Steve Geange, 56, at an uncontrolled intersection at the southern end of Carterton yesterday. The wagons had rolled 16 kilometres and through the 12, mainly controlled, crossings before the collision at Hodders Rd at 5.30am. Police, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission and rail operator Toll New Zealand are investigating. How the wagons started rolling is at the heart of the inquiries.

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