RO-2022-104

The accident scene. In a light industrial area on a rainy day. The trailer of a large truck and trailer unit lies on its side across railway tracks. There is a large dent in the trailer's perimeter beam. Beyond the trailer, the truck itself stands upright. A brightly painted EU class shunting runner wagon stands upright and derailed. In the foreground is a destroyed 'give way' road sign.
The accident scene. Photo (c) Northern Advocate.
Collision of shunt train and heavy road vehicle, Fertilizer Road level crossing, Whangarei, 7 December 2022
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NZ
RO-2022-104 collision of shunt train and heavy road vehicle, Fertilizer Road level crossing, Whangarei.

The Commission is investigating a collision and derailment involving a shunt train and a heavy road vehicle at the Fertilizer Road level crossing in Whangarei at about 1450 on 7 December 2022.

The circumstances reported to date were that a shunt locomotive was propelling a rake of wagons towards the Port of Whangarei when it collided with a truck and trailer unit. The collision overturned the trailer unit and derailed the front wagon of the train. A train crew member suffered serious injury as a result of the collision.

[As initially reported, subject to change, not official findings].