Speaking of trains, how were things for you in Wellington today?

Credit: Mark Mitchell / via NZ Herald

Credit: Mark Mitchell / via NZ Herald

Question?  Do buses derail?

Answer:  Buses don’t derail and if there does happen to be a mishap involving a bus the whole route system doesn’t have to close down….how did Wellingtonians enjoy public transport this morning?

Hundreds of passengers are being evacuated from trains after one derailed near Wellington today, KiwiRail says.

The train went off the track at Kaiwharawhara about 8.15am just north of the Wellington station, stopping all services and delaying peak time travellers.

All services from Kapiti and Wairarapa/Hutt Valley were affected by the incident.

“Around 350 passengers were on the train that derailed and emergency services are on site,” KiwiRail’s general manager passenger Deborah Hume said.

“We are currently in the process of evacuating all passengers from the train.”

There were no reports of injuries.

Nine services were backed up directly behind the train, Ms Hulme said.

“We are also in the process of evacuating passengers on these trains and transporting them by bus to Wellington Station.”

She said the company’s priority was was to ensure the travellers were being evacuated safely so power had to be shut off to the network around the area.

“The scene has been frozen and is subject to an investigation by both KiwiRail and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.

“At this stage we cannot confirm how long it will take for the site to be cleared.”

Roads, buses, taxis, trucks.

There is a reason why these have been the chosen methods of getting people and goods from A to B.

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