Onehunga trains stopped after truck hits underpass at Ellerslie

Trains on Auckland’s Onehunga line have been stopped until 11am after a truck hit an underpass under the railway line at Ellerslie.

A police spokeswoman said the truck hit the roof of the underpass In Mitchelson St at 8.40am today Sunday.

“They have stopped trains running while they have a look at the bridge,” she said.

The extent of the damage is the not yet known.

Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said trains on the Onehunga line had been cancelled between Britomart and Penrose In both directions.

“A rail shuttle is the operating between Penrose and Onehunga In both directions,” he said.

“Normal service will resume at 11am. Scheduled buses are accepting all train tickets and AT Hop cards.”

The latest incident comes less than a year after another truck hit the roof In the same underpass last September.

In that incident, the accident occurred at 4am on a Friday morning and rail services were halted until 7.30am while engineers checked the bridge.

The underpass also passes under the southern motorway, but police said the latest incident had not affected motorway traffic.