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From the Vault – New Zealand's Deadliest Disasters: Tangiwai Railway Disaster

  • Thursday 1 Mar

G On Christmas Eve 1953, a volcanic eruption triggered a massive lahar, which engulfed the central North Island's Whangaehu River. When, minutes later, the Wellington-Auckland express crossed the rail bridge at Tangiwai, it collapsed, and carriages were plunged into the flooded waters. It was New Zealand's worst rail accident, claiming 151 lives. In this clip from The Truth About Tangiwai we learn how construction and maintenance of the main trunk line may have contributed to the tragedy.

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New Zealand's Deadliest Disasters: Tangiwai Railway Disaster
  • Thursday 1 Mar
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