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Dead Body Found On Railway Track At Papatoetoe Station


Dead Body Found On Railway Track At Papatoetoe Station

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Dead Body Found On Railway Track At Papatoetoe Station

Hundreds of commuters were delayed after a person’s body was found on train tracks in south Auckland.

Police were at the Papatoetoe station after a train driver made the find about 7.30am Wednesday.

Trains services were stopped while emergency services attended, but were running as normal again just after 10am, Auckland Transport said.

About 9.30am, forensic staff had removed the body from the tracks a few hundred metres north of the station.

Earlier, a city-bound commuter said all passengers were told to get off her train at Papakura due to an “emergency incident” on the southern line.

She said all trains had been cancelled both south- and city-bound, forcing her to drive into the city.

Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said the lines closure initially affected trains south of Middlemore, on both the southern and eastern lines.

Hannan urged people to use buses in the meantime before train services were resumed.

Shuttles were operating on the eastern line between Panmure and Manukau, and on the southern line between Otahuhu and Manurewa.

Hannan said hundreds of people were affected by the cancellations as they came at “peak commuter time”.

Meanwhile, disgruntled passengers reported long wait times of more than 45 minutes at stations for either a replacement bus, or for the trains to begin running again.

Earlier, one commuter reported being directed by station staff to catch two buses, then another train.

However, no buses were stopping for passengers and long queues were building up, he said.

It was “total chaos”, he said.

Another said communication from AT was thin on the ground, leaving stranded passengers trying to work out whether to walk, bus or wait for a shuttle.

“[We were told] there was an emergency incident and trains were running to a reduced schedule. Hardest bit is not knowing what the schedule is.

“Everyone knows it’s a s… situation, and no one can be mad, but I think people just want to know if they need to make other arrangements.

“Just sucks for whoever has lost a family member on the track. Puts things in perspective.”


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