TAIC investigating near collision of train and bus in Christchurch

12 Aug 2022
Screengrab from Google maps
The Selwyn St level crossing | Image - Google Maps

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is appealing for witnesses to a near-collision between a freight train and a bus at Selwyn Street level crossing in Christchurch.

It was reported that at about 2:30pm on 8 August 2022, a bus passed over the level crossing in front of a moving freight train that was travelling Eastbound, from Middleton to Lyttelton. There were no fatalities or injuries.

Acting Chief Investigator of Accidents Naveen Kozhuppakalam says the Commission is appealing to hear from anyone who saw or recorded what happened.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who may has captured this incident at 2:30pm on Monday on their vehicle’s dash-cam or local business owners who may have CCTV footage,” said Mr Kozhuppakalam.

“If you have such footage or saw this incident, please contact TAIC as soon as possible – the best way is to email us at info@taic.org.nz.”

“We’re also interested in video footage of other near misses at that level crossing – the one next to Champion Flour and the Z petrol station – from Saturday 6 August to Thursday 11 August

“We have heard that the level crossing’s flashing lights, bells and barrier arms were out of action for those six days, having been reported faulty on the Saturday.

Mr Kozhuppakalam has appointed two investigators, who were on site this afternoon [Eds: Friday 12 August].

“The Investigation team have expert knowledge of train operations, engineering and maintenance. 

“Their initial work will include inspecting the locomotive and locating the bus, mapping the site, examining rail systems such as the signals, vehicle components, seeking any electronic recorded data, and obtaining maintenance records. 

“They will also interview the train driver, other staff, and any witnesses to the accident.”

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission opens an inquiry when it believes the circumstances of an accident or incident have - or are likely to have - significant implications for transport safety, or when the inquiry may allow the Commission to make findings or recommendations to improve transport safety.