Pedes­trian is dead af­ter train col­li­sion

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - PHILLIPA YALDEN

A per­son has died af­ter be­ing struck by a goods train in Toko­roa last week.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the scene of the col­li­sion on Bridge St at 5.40am on Wed­nes­day.

The per­son died at the scene, North­ern Fire Com­mu­ni­ca­tions shift man­ager Jaron Phillips said.

A south­bound freight train struck a per­son on the tracks at a level cross­ing, a Ki­wirail spokesper­son said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately this has re­sulted in a fatal­ity.

‘‘The train driver was re­lieved of his du­ties as is nor­mal pro­ce­dure, and will be of­fered coun­selling.

The line re­opened at 7.50am and ser­vices re­sumed as nor­mal soon af­ter, Ki­wirail said in a state­ment.

It ap­peared the goods train, ser­vic­ing the nearby Kin­leith Mill, was head­ing to­wards the mill across Bridge St in the cen­tre of town.

In­for­ma­tion in­di­cates that the flash­ing lights and bells at the cross­ing were work­ing at the time of the in­ci­dent, Ki­wirail said.

‘‘In­ci­dents like this are dis­tress­ing and Ki­wirail’s thoughts are with the fam­ily of the de­ceased, our staff and those who at­tended this in­ci­dent.’’

A foot­path runs along Bridge St where the tracks cut through the road out­side Su­per Liquor, Toko­roa Fire Chief Dave Mor­ris said.

‘‘There’re no bar­rier arms - just lights.’’

Mor­ris said the train stopped a small dis­tance away but he could not see whether the train was laden with goods.

Fire­fight­ers sup­plied a tar­pau­lin to po­lice to pro­tect the scene as bad weather sets in, Mor­ris said.

‘‘The per­son was al­ready de­ceased. We went and helped put a tarp down and that was it for us.’’

Po­lice were no­ti­fied of a pedes­trian hit by a train at 5.30am, po­lice said in a state­ment. Po­lice ar­rived at the scene and found the pedes­trian had died.

‘‘Po­lice are mak­ing en­quiries into the in­ci­dent.‘‘

Ki­wirail ran a cam­paign last Au­gust as a re­sult of an in­crease in in­ci­dents in­volv­ing pedes­tri­ans.

Track­safe Man­ager Me­gan Dray­ton said at the time that dis­trac­tions like phones and fa­mil­iar­ity with an area were fac­tors in many ac­ci­dents.

Peo­ple need to en­sure the se­cu­rity of their prop­erty and re­mem­ber to not leave items unat­tended.

There have been quite a few thefts in ve­hi­cles with items be­ing taken that have been left ly­ing around.

It is usu­ally just small items such as cell phones be­ing left unat­tended.

Ve­hi­cles are also not be­ing re­turned af­ter be­ing lent to as­so­ci­ates, so it’s just a mat­ter of mak­ing sure that you know the per­son.

Make sure you know who you are giv­ing your ve­hi­cle to, that you have sighted their driver’s li­cence, and have a dis­cus­sion on when the ve­hi­cle is go­ing to be re­turned. BUR­GLAR­IES We have at­tended five bur­glar­ies over the past week, three of which didn’t in­volve any­thing be­ing taken.

The other two have small items that were taken, and lines of en­quiry into one of the small item thefts are be­ing fol­low­ing up. FAM­ILY HARM There were 15 fam­ily harm in­ci­dents this week with some still hav­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions car­ried out.

As as of yet there have been no ar­rests have been made, and no one has been charged with any of­fences

‘‘In­ci­dents like this are dis­tress­ing and Ki­wirail's thoughts are with the fam­ily of the de­ceased.’’ Ki­wirail spokesper­son

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