NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
SEDDON RAILWAY ACCIDENT
SEDDON, MARLBOROUGH, SOUTH ISLAND
WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 1948
On Wednesday 25 February 1948, six people were killed and around 40 were injured when the South Island main trunk express train engine left the line on a curve in a cutting 22 miles south of Blenheim. The train had left Blenheim for Christchurch at 10.40am and the derailment was at a spot between Seddon and Blind River, known as Haywards.
The train was being pulled by two diesel-electric locomotives - one engine-driver was Mr J Gurr of Christchurch and the other Erik Eggleston of Picton [He was at one stage listed as deceased]. Alan McNabb, who was badly injured was trapped inside the cab of the leading locomotive.
Those killed were
|FLYGER||Kathleen Margaret||44||Mt Eden, Auckland|
|HAWKINS||Reginald Spencer||23||Havelock, Blenheim|
|WARMAN||Stephen Henry James||3||Christchurch|
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