Auckland trains halted after car drives on the tracks, driver taken to hospital
The driver appeared to get stuck on the tracks after the barrier arms came down, police said. Photo / Peter Meecham Auckland trains have been halted after a vehicle drove onto the tracks between the Avondale and New Lynn stations. The vehicle has driven along the rail line after entering via a nearby crossing, only to get stuck on the tracks after the barrier arms came down, a police statement said. The driver, who appeared to have suffered a medical event, has been taken to hospital in a moderate condition. The vehicle was not hit by a train, police said. An Auckland Transport spokesman said the car appeared to be abandoned at the St Jude St crossing. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) northern shift manager Carrin Larken said emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 3pm. One appliance was sent to the scene. Auckland Transport warned passengers of delays of up to two hours as workers removed the vehicle from the tracks. Train services have halted in the area, with trains from Britomart running operating as far as Avondale before turning back. Meanwhile trains departing from Swanson were running to New Lynn before turning back to Swanson. Passengers were informed that the 14T and 14W could be used as alternative services that run between New Lynn and Henderson. For those wondering how a car stuck on tracks causes so much disruption, here is what Fire and Emergency Services are dealing with. It is expected to take 2 hours to clear at this stage: pic.twitter.com/05ehvdnuCm READ MORE: Auckland Transport threatens to rip up planted berm in Manly Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland Transport encourages face masks, health officials say 'not important' Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland Transport down to 15 window seats on some bus services under level 2 Passengers pile into Auckland Transport train during after-school rush The person recently returned from overseas and went to Auckland City Hospital.