Overlander Crossing Accident


The 86 passengers on today’s north-bound Overlander  were transferred to buses after the train was in collision with a milk tanker at a level crossing at Manunui, south of Taumarunui.

No injuries have been reported.

The crossing has flashing lights and bells - which were reported to be working at the time,  but no barriers.




  1. Damo says:

    Yikes - apart from the double-apostrophe nightmare in the first paragraph, this should never have happened. Trucks and buses are required to stop at all level crossings…whether or not signals are indicating an approaching train. So barring a mechanical problem, you have to assume the driver either went right through and/or didn’t look to see if a train was coming.

  2. Jon C says:

    @Damo Yes I failed that test so went back and re worked it. LOL

  3. Damo says:

    Nice one =) In any case, thanks for the interesting articles…great for us transport geeks!

  4. Jon C says:

    @Damo My pleasure. And thanks for keeping me on my toes.

  5. Anthony says:

    In Scandinavia, they a strobe lighting below the railway signals to warn people about the presence of the railroad line. it would be useful on busy highways or tourist roads.

  6. George Darroch says:

    It’s shameful that New Zealand transport officials refuse to take real action on level crossings. A couple of years ago I read that even crossings that had seen multiple fatality accidents were not being improved or upgraded to barrier crossings. I haven’t heard of any change.


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