Per­son dead af­ter be­ing hit by train

The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE - GE­OR­GIA FOR­RESTER AND KAROLINE TUCKEY

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.

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