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Train v Vehicle Collision Investigated

Train v Vehicle Collision Investigated

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 10:55am

Counties Manukau

Counties Manukau Police Serious Crash Unit are continuing to investigate an incident where a vehicle was hit by a freight train at a level crossing in Patumahoe last night.

Around 8:30pm on Tuesday 11 March, a Nissan Lucino travelled along Patumahoe Road, across a level crossing despite lights and bells warning of an oncoming train.

Two women were in the car, aged 22 and 23. Both occupants of the car were airlifted to Auckland Hospital and are in a stable condition, expected to be released from hospital in the next few days.

Crash investigator Constable Hollie Given says the two women are very lucky to not have received more serious injury.

"The impact of a train hitting a vehicle is devastating, and in this case we are very glad that we did not attend a fatal incident," says Constable Given. "We advise everyone travelling near train tracks to be aware of their surroundings and be prepared to stop as soon as you see flashing lights or ringing bells at a level crossing. Never attempt to cross the tracks before the train."

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