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The shunter locomotive sank at the port of Paktan.

Interlander ferry service was suspended after a locomotive and a wagon crashed into the port.

Bria Ingram / Marlborough Express

Interlander ferry service was suspended after a locomotive and a wagon crashed into the port.

A remote-controlled train and a railway wagon have crashed in the port of Paktin.

There was no one on board.

A Kiwi Rail spokesman said the Marlborough Harbor Master had closed the port following Wednesday afternoon’s incident and had temporarily suspended its intersender services.

Kiwi Rail has launched an investigation into the incident.

Kiwi Rail is dealing with an incident in which a remote-controlled shunt locomotive, used in marshalling yards, and a railway wagon crashed at the port in Vitohi Paktan this afternoon.

“No one was injured in the incident.”

The spokesman said the ramp between the land and the boat, called Link Spain, was damaged.

“Although the wagon was not being loaded at the time.”

He said Kiwi Rail was working with other agencies to recover the wagons and locomotives safely.

The Marlborough Harbor Master boat pulls on a diesel engine after a shunter engine and wagon crashed into the port of Picketton on Wednesday.

Bria Ingram / Marlborough Express

The Marlborough Harbor Master boat pulls on a diesel engine after a shunter engine and wagon crashed into the port of Picketton on Wednesday.

The Marlborough Harbor Master kept the diesel fast to prevent any possible oil spills.

Van Wittenberg, head of the Pecton Volunteer Fire Brigade, said he had received a report from Fire Emergency New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon.

He said there was “at least 20 tons of locomotives” at the bottom of Pectin Harbor – a cool train and an empty gas-fired wagon.

The wagons carried liquid nitrogen and sodium hydroxide solutions before being emptied, he said.

“A small diesel spill has occurred, but we expect it to be contained.”

The removal of the wagons will begin on Thursday, as it requires “a little preparation”, such as sending divers to attach the lifting bags.

An eyewitness said a Blue Bridge ferry was circling the harbor, but arrived at the dock by 6 p.m.

Rice Wellborn, chief executive of Port Marlborough, said he was assisting Kiwi Rail and Harbor Master in the restoration effort.

“Our two priorities are the health and safety of our people and all port users, as well as our environment.”

Wellborn said the port was temporarily closed when the situation was reviewed and the scene was “saved” but they were “gradually reopening” all areas of the port where they could.

Graham Gosling, a Pecton man, said he could see Link Spain “floating on the water” from above the harbor.

He said the shunter engine was “like a toy train” that pulled cars. He thought it didn’t stop at the end of the line, as it was supposed to, and the link went to Spain.

He said there was no boat at the time, so the Links Spain cables were broken.

“Fortunately, because [the engine] There was a remote control, no one was injured.

A police spokesman said they were notified of the incident at 3.30pm, and “briefly attended” but were not required.

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