Freight train hits cow, derails

TOM HUNT
Last updated 09:41 18/03/2014

Relevant offers

Wairarapa

Club considers closing historic Tararua hut after vandals tramp in to trash it Fonterra's $235 million state-of-the-art rebuild of Pahiatua dairy factory Gunman traumatises staff at Masterton TAB sports bar Ripping out 25,000 healthy vines a lesson for whole NZ economy: winemaker 'Terrifying' axeman demands cash at Carterton Mobil station Man in court over NYE sex assault in teen's tent at Castlepoint New charges for Masterton worker who allegedly ripped off disabled clients Brakes put on controversial Masterton signage project after cost blowout Kiwi Morepork Games Swing Racers takes off on the App Store Five charged over Masterton gang clash in which woman lost leg

A freight train derailed after hitting a cow on the Wairarapa train line this morning.

KiwiRail this morning suspended all services on the line, which goes to Wellington, but managed to clear the line and a service left Masterton at 7.10am.

However, because the line was closed for about two hours this morning there was a shortage of trains at the Masterton end of the line.

Trains on the Wairarapa line were expected to return to schedule, starting with the 10.25am train from Masterton to Wellington, KiwiRail said.

Do you know anything about this incident? Email news@dompost.co.nz or call 0800 DOMPOST.

KiwiRail warned of delays and would continue to operate a limited bus service to Hutt Valley, stopping only Masterton and Featherston.

It asked people who had other forms of transport to use those.

KiwiRail spokeswoman Jenni Austin said the northbound train hit a cow just south of Masterton shortly after 5am today.

That caused a set of wheels on one of the wagons to derail.

The cow was killed, but no people were injured.

It was thought the freight train was carrying no load. 

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more

3-4

2

1

Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content