A freight train has hit a cow and derailed south of
Masterton, cancelling services to Wellington this morning.
The northbound freight train struck the animal around 5am
today on tracks at Waingawa, causing the front wheels on one
of the wagons to fall off, KiwiRail said.
The driver was not injured in the crash, which was described
as a minor derailment by the train company.
However, it will impact commuter services to the capital this
morning, which have been cancelled until the track is cleared
and any damage assessed.
Bus replacements have been put in place to cover routes from
Masterton and Featherston to Upper Hutt.
Commuters with access to alternative transport into the city
were advised to use that option, a spokeswoman for KiwiRail
Updates to travel options will be posted on the TransMetro