Sally McLennan / Introduction
A passenger train in Wairarapa collided with a car.
One person was killed after a passenger train collided with a car near Featherston in Wairapaba.
Emergency services at the scene of the accident on Western Lake Road, at Speedie’s.
Police confirmed the death of the only passenger in the car at the scene.
Shifts are still in progress and motorists are asked to avoid the area, while Wairarapa’s rail services have been delayed by buses.
Police said in a statement that the police were called in for reports of a “serious accident” around 2 p.m. The police are still on the investigation site.
Passenger Sally McLennan was sitting on the other side of the train where the collision occurred.
“The moment I was trying not to hit the seat in front of me,” she said.
McLennan said passengers were walking along the tracks to board buses at the cemetery.
“We all think of both drivers and their families [are] Very grateful to the brave and professional train staff. “
Diversions have been made and the police have asked motorists to avoid the area.
Metlink said the Wairarapa rail service at 12.45pm and 4.25pm was replaced by a bus, as well as 3.38pm services from Masterton to Wellington. Travelers should expect delays.
The Powerco website said 183 properties in the Western Lake suburb of Featherstone had been out of power. It is believed that the blackout is related to the collision.
A woman was killed when a train hit her car at Speedy in 2007.
Joan Christina Baumert, 50, from Masterton, died when a commuter train, carrying 190 passengers, hit her car, bound for Wellington.