Freight train derailed

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Considerable damage was caused to railway tracks after a freight train derailed just north of Palmerston yesterday.

The incident occurred at 5am yesterday morning when a southbound freight train carrying 20 wagons of general freight, including meat product and by-product, derailed between Palmerston and Bushey.

Nine wagons had derailed, causing them to tip onto their sides, however no one was injured.

The recovery operation was under way yesterday but considering the track damage, it was expected to take at least 24 hours.

A KiwiRail spokesperson said the locomotive and front portion of the train had been taken from the scene of the incident and a crane was expected to have arrived yesterday to re-rail the wagons.

“It is too early to know the cause of the derailment – an investigation is under way– this is a thorough exercise and is likely to take some time to complete.”

Around a dozen services could have been affected but KiwiRail is keeping in close contact with those customers who are thought to have been affected.

It is also too early to know the costs involved.

The only person on board the train was the driver.