Cut story - KS. Shot of crash remains. Ditto aerial. Various aerials and ground shots of the scene. CU wreckage. Articles of clothing and single shoes lying on muddy ground. Rescue parties search along banks of swirling river. Body on stretcher carried up. Shots of carriages lying half & half out of river. (Queen's Christmas speech is over part of above). Fade. Mass funeral of unidentified victims attended by Duke of Edinburgh. View along row of coffins. Duke chats with relatives of victims. Shot of service. Cut-ins relatives & coffins. Duke lays wreath.
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The scene of the worst train disaster in New Zealand history, where the bridge collapsed and the night express from Wellington to Auckland crashed into the river Wangaehu at fifty miles an hour. The sympathy of us all was expressed by Her Majesty in her Christmas Day broadcast. The Duke of Edinburgh later attended the mass funeral of unidentified victims.