A crane will remove two containers partially blocking State
Highway 1 and a rail line after a freight train derailed in
The Fire Service was called to the scene at Mercer about
3.20am, northern fire communications shift manager Paul
Three carriages had derailed from a northbound train, with
one container partially blocking SH1's southbound lane and
another blocking the second track.
Cleaning products, cakes and confectionery had been thrown
from the train, RadioLive reported.
"Firefighters are currently wearing breathing apparatuses and
checking the contents, but there is believed to be no
dangerous goods on board - it's precautionary only," Mr
Police would not close the road completely to avoid major
traffic disruptions to northbound commuters, he said.
KiwiRail spokeswoman Kimberley Brady said the derailed
carriages were believed to be the last of 36 that were being
pulled by the engine.
The crane was coming from Hamilton to remove the carriages.
"They had to wait until daylight before starting the
operation," Ms Brady said.
The derailment would result in delays for freight trains and
possibly the Northern Explorer passenger train, Ms Brady
It was not yet known how the train came to derail.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ