Person dead after being hit by train
A person is dead after being hit by a passenger train near Palmerston North.
The Capital Connection commuter train was travelling north on the main trunk line near Longburn, south of Palmerston North, when it hit a person about 7.30pm on Monday, a police statement said.
Police were investigating and working to identify the body found on the tracks, a police spokeswoman said.
It was believed about 36 passengers, two staff and the driver were on the train at the time of impact. No-one on board was injured, KiwiRail spokeswoman Sarah Stuart said.
The train was stopped for about an hour near Anders Rd after the incident, which happened near the LongburnRongotea overbridge.
The train then carried on to the Palmerston North station.
The Tuesday morning Capital Connection service from Palmerston North to Wellington was cancelled to allow the investigation to be carried out, Stuart said. A bus was put on instead.
A bus was also put on instead of the Tuesday evening service from Wellington to Palmerston North.
The Capital Connection would run on Wednesday morning from Palmerston North to Wellington with a reduced number of carriages, KiwiRail spokesman Simon Kilroy said.
The train would not pick up passengers between Waikanae and Wellington.
Kilroy said incidents like Monday’s death on the tracks were distressing. The company’s thoughts were with the family of the deceased, its staff and those who attended the incident.
New Zealand Transport Agency figures showed there were 16 rail deaths in total in 2015, which included pedestrians and car crashes.