The rim of Ruapehu's crater lake gives way, releasing the lahar eroding the banks and killing off most of the marine wildlife.When the lahar reaches the bridge, it washes away pier 4. At 10.20pm Car Z falls into the river and is swept down stream, injuring or killing multiple passengers.
At 10.35pm The Lahar flow substantially subsided. At Midnight the survivours started arriving at Wairouru Camp Hospital. By 4am on Christmas morning the recovered bodies start to arrive at hospital.
I am deeply saddened to learn about your major loss of lives
I am Sidney Holland and there has been tragedy in Tangiwai over night. A train heading from Wellington to Auckland fell in to a swelling river that broke the bridge it was traveling across.
Prince Philip attends a state funeral for the 21 unidentified victims of the crash.
It's a shame that all the money spent in making the locomotive and the bridge has been washed away over one night, along with countless lives.
I can't believe that after so many years, I am going over this bridge again it's giving me terrible flashbacks.