A freight train derailment in the central North Island has
resulted in a gas leak.
The incident happened between Waiouru and Taihape just after
10am, Inspector Mike Coleman of central police communications
The gas is the refrigerator gas Argon, which is not toxic or
It was not yet known how the wagon came off the rails, he
said. No injuries were reported.
A KiwiRail spokeswoman said the front wheels of one of the 39
wagons had derailed.
The company was conducting a "full investigation" into the
incident, she said.
There were two other rail lines in the area, so other train
services were able to get around the site.
"We hope to get the service under way and track repairs
completed today but it is a remote location so that may limit
that, but it will be done as quickly as possible," she said.