Man killed by train identified


UPDATED: Police have identified the body of a man hit by a train in Otumoetai this morning.

His name is yet to be formally released. Police this morning believed the man to be in his 30s to 40s.

Police confirmed a body was found after someone was hit by a train about 5.40am.

Acting Senior Sergeant Cam Anderson said a pedestrian had been hit.

"It's been a train versus pedestrian and it's resulted in a fatality.''

"Police and ambulance are at the scene and a funeral director has been called.''

Police have spoken to the train driver.

"The train driver is receiving support. It's hard to stop something that long,'' he said

"And it's hard for the train driver because there's nothing they can do.''

Mr Anderson said the train driver was receiving support from Victim Support and other agencies.

Ngatai Rd is closed between Otumoetai Rd and Western Rd while police assess the scene.

Police are investigating the accident.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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