Second train death on Christmas Eve

  • 24/12/2015
(3 News)
(3 News)

A 35-year-old man is the second person to die after being hit by a train in the lower North Island on Christmas Eve.

Emergency services were called to the day's second fatal train incident between the Porirua suburbs of Paremata and Mana at about 11:40am today.

"We were alerted to this incident by train control, a commuter train had seen a person lying on the side of the track here," says Senior Sergeant James McKay.

Police said the man had been hit by a south-bound freight train.

Officers were investigating the scene.

Police say it's not clear how he got onto the tracks or what his intentions were.

Train services between Mana and Paremata had been replaced by buses, a Kiwirail spokeswoman said.

She said the train driver was receiving counselling.

Earlier, another person was killed after being hit by a train in Bunnythorpe, near Palmerston North.

A police spokesman said one person had died at the scene at about 6am.

He declined to provide further information about the identified of the person until next of kin had been notified.

NZN / 3 News