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KiwiRail has estimated it could take up to a week to repair a Southland line after a train derailed yesterday morning.
The freight service was carrying empty coal wagons to Nightcaps when it came off the tracks at Wrights Bush on the Ohai-Invercargill line about 8.30am.
It would take up to a week to recover the wagons and complete any necessary repairs to the line.
While the cause of the accident was not clear at this stage, the company would be conducting a full investigation.