Rail RO-2018-102

Freight train, wrong-routed, Seddon, 1 October 2018
Status: Current
Occurrence Date: 
1 October 2018
The reported circumstances are that a rail maintenance vehicle had been stabled for the night on the loop track adjacent to the main line near Seddon, South Island. The driver of an approaching freight train noticed the setting for the points ahead would route the freight train to enter the loop track occupied by the maintenance vehicle. The driver applied the brakes, but was unable to stop the train before it entered the loop. The train stopped short of the maintenance vehicle. There was no collision and nobody was injured. [As initially reported, subject to change, not official findings.]
Location: 
Seddon (-41.7797,174.1534) [may be approximate]