Driver error has been blamed for a train crashing into a
concrete block at a Lower Hutt station last year.
One passenger was injured when a Wellington train hit a
concrete safety block just before 8am, on April 15.
Nine passengers, a driver and guard were on the train when it
hit the block at the end of the rail line.
KiwiRail general manager Deborah Hume said the company had
finished its investigation into the incident.
"...it was concluded that the collision with the stop block
was the result of driver error," she said.
"Testing by our engineers showed that the train's components,
including the braking systems, functioned correctly and this
was supported by data from the train's Tranzlog - the
equivalent of the black box on an aircraft."
Ms Hume said that although the independent report by the
Transport Accident Investigation Commission was yet to be
released, to date they had not alerted KiwiRail to any
systemic issues that required attention.
"KiwiRail is confident about the safety of the Matangi or
Ganz Mavag services that are currently operating and would
never operate any service if there were any issues or
concerns regarding its performance."
The company's investigation into a similar incident at the
same station last month was still continuing, she said.
In that incident, one person suffered minor injuries and
another was treated for shock after the incident just after
8am, on May 27.
Witnesses said about 70 people were waiting for the train
when it failed to stop and crashed into the concrete
platform, eventually hitting a pole.
Ten passengers and two train crew were on board, and two
passengers were treated in hospital.
Actions taken by KiwiRail:
* refresher courses and a review of defensive driver
techniques for drivers;
* increased the number of safety briefings for staff;
* enhanced on-board emergency training for on-board staff
* continuing to promote a culture of safe driving practices
through safety observations conducted by staff; and
* additional emergency exercises and training opportunities.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ