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Near-accident between freight train and bus in Christchurch under investigation

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A near miss between a freight train and a bus in Christchurch is now the subject of an investigation by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

The flashing lights, bells and barrier arms of the level crossing in Selwyn Street were reported as defective on August 6 (file photo).
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On Monday, a bus reportedly crossed the level crossing at Selwyn Street in Christchurch ahead of a moving train traveling from Middleton to Lyttelton.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. and the train was heading east.

There were no deaths or injuries.

Acting lead accident investigator Naveen Kozhuppakalam said the commission appealed to anyone who saw or recorded what happened.

“We’d love to hear from anyone who captured this incident on their vehicle’s dashcam at 2:30 p.m. Monday or from local business owners who may have CCTV footage,” he said in a statement.

The level crossing’s flashing lights, bells and barrier arms had been reported defective on Saturday, August 6, and would have been out of action for the next six days, he said.

“We are also interested in video footage of other near misses at that level crossing – the one next to Champion Flour and the Z gas station – from Saturday, August 6 through Thursday, August 11.”

The researchers’ initial work includes “inspecting the locomotive and locating the bus, mapping the location, examining track systems such as the signals, vehicle components, searching for electronically recorded data and obtaining maintenance data” .

Kozhuppakalam said they would also interview the train driver, other personnel and any witnesses to the accident.

Anyone who has footage or witnessed the accident can contact TAIC by email at [email protected]

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