A truck driver is dead following a collision between his
truck and a passenger train in Waikato today, KiwiRail has
The collision occurred near Rangiriri just after 9.30am.
A KiwiRail spokeswoman confirmed the truck's driver had died
as a result of the collision.
The collision involved the Northern Explorer passenger
service train travelling south from Auckland.
"It hit a truck at a level crossing at approximately 9.45am.
The truck driver we understand is deceased."
The truck was hauling heavy machinery, the spokeswoman said.
It was unknown if there were any other passengers on board
the truck, the spokeswoman said.
"All passengers are all right and the train driver is all
right. The train was not damaged.
"We're just figuring out whether we bus passengers the rest
for the rest journey or not."
There were 108 passengers on board the train at the time of
An investigation into the collision would commence later
today, she said.
A Fire Service spokeswoman said the truck was "demolished".
Road workers were blocking access to Austen Street, which
leads on to Te Onetea Rd.
At least eight police cars were seen heading to the scene
from Hamilton and at least two fire trucks were on the way.
Emergency services from across northern Waikato were at the
scene, police said.
Waikato district shift manager Senior Sergeant Gael Mockford
said because the crash occurred a short distance from SH1 and
the Waikato Expressway, traffic flows were not believed to be
impacted, but drivers were asked to be aware that there may
be minor delays.
WorkSafe New Zealand had been advised.
"Buses are being organised to move passengers from the
scene," Ms Mockford said.