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Train engine derails at Hinds

Train service resumed before 2pm

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 09:23 23/07/2012

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KiwiRail resumed train service shortly before 2pm on the line where a locomotive derailed in Hinds this morning.

The locomotive, which was not pulling any carriages, was being moved to Dunedin when it derailed, KiwiRail spokeswoman Jenni Austin said.

The driver was not injured.

The engine fell over onto its side at the Delamaine St crossing just before 8am. KiwiRail was working to lift the locomotive back onto the tracks as of about 3pm, and expected to finish later today, Ms Austin said.

The locomotive had sustained some damage, she said, but it appeared the tracks would require only minimal repairs.

KiwiRail was able to resume its services through the area because the incident happened on a passing loop.

‘‘We are running services through on the other line at reduced speeds while we lift the locomotive back onto the tracks,’’ she said.

Hinds fire chief Dave Kingsbury said this morning that it appeared excessive speed could have been a factor in the derailment. But Ms Austin said any suggestions of a cause ‘‘would be speculation at this stage.’’

KiwiRail will be conducting an investigation into the incident over the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Delamaine St crossing remained closed to traffic as of 3.30pm as workers and cranes worked to move the locomotive from the site.

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- The Timaru Herald

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