Two people were killed this afternoon when a car was struck
by a train on a rail crossing at Rotokohu, north of Reefton.
The accident occurred about 1pm at Landing Creek Road. St
John Buller territory manager Robbie Blankenstein said no
other people were involved. No further details were
In January, a Reefton dairy farmer was critically injured
when a 2000-tonne train collided with her ute at a level
crossing on the nearby Swamp Creek Road near Inangahua.
Jane Sluys, 56, died nines days later in hospital.
The crossing had been protected by stop signs but did not
have barriers or flashing lights.
A KiwiRail spokeswoman said the accident involved a car and
24-wagon empty coal train, and it was the first collision at the crossing in the
"KiwiRail's thoughts are with the family and those affected
in this event. This is always a very distressing time for our
train drivers and staff.''
As a matter of course, the driver would be relieved of their
duties for three days and offered counselling, the
St John Ambulance communications advisor Ian Henderson said a
St John crew and a medical emergency responder were called
out about 1pm.
The NZCC rescue helicopter was also called, but was turned
back when both people in the car were reported dead, Mr
- Greymouth Star