Train victim mourned

By Harrison Christian

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Carole Boswell dances during rehearsals for A Travelling Salesman at the Little Theatre, Napier. Photo / File
Carole Boswell dances during rehearsals for A Travelling Salesman at the Little Theatre, Napier. Photo / File

UPDATE: The woman killed by a train on Monday is the mother of Hawke's Bay Magpies player Trent Boswell-Wakefield.

Carole Boswell, 55, died after being hit by a train while walking her dog on Monday.

Ms Boswell was hit by a train on Monday at about 3.45pm and police responded soon after members of the public saw a body lying by the railway tracks, 200 metres south of the Marine Parade and Georges Drive intersection.

Mr Boswell-Wakefield a loose forward for the Magpies was part of the side who won the Ranfurly Shield, beating Counties Manukau 27-21 last week.

The 25-year-old was also supposed to be a model in next Monday's charity fashion show Style for a cause but has pulled out because of the death of his mother.

The Magpies will be without Mr Boswell-Wakefield's services for their match up against Northland tomorrow night because he will be attending his mother's funeral.

A service for Ms Boswell will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel on Tait Drive, Greenmeadows tomorrow at 1pm.

The woman hit and killed by a train while walking her dog in Napier on Monday has been described as "an amazing talent" by members of the local theatre community.

Police yesterday named the woman killed in the incident as Carole Lynne Boswell, a 55-year-old mortician and mother of two from Napier.

Senior Sergeant Nick Dobson said the circumstances resulting in her death were still being investigated and would be reported to the Coroner.

Napier Repertory Players president Anne Corney said Ms Boswell was a past president of the tight-knit theatre society.

The society, which has about 100 members, was reeling after Ms Boswell's sudden death.

"We're absolutely stunned, in shock and in disbelief. We cannot come to terms with it really," Ms Corney said.

Ms Boswell had "just come into her own" as an actor, having won an award for excellence in acting for playing the role of a victim of physical abuse in the play What If.

She had also turned heads by displaying her comedic talents in a play earlier this year.

"She had just been discovered."

Ms Boswell was one of the key members who kept the society running.

"She was always there ... she was always a very bright and bubbly personality. She was very creative and very artistic."

Close personal friend of Ms Boswell and fellow Napier Repertory Players member Sue Burgess said Ms Boswell often walked her dog, Flo, on Marine Parade Beach, just across the railway tracks from her house on Te Awa Ave.

"She loved that dog to bits."

Ms Burgess said Ms Boswell was "phenomenal".

"She was a delight. When you left her company, you always felt energised and enlightened."

Ms Boswell was incredibly versatile as an actress and "an amazing talent".

She had also volunteered with St John Ambulance Service and was passionate about her work as a mortician.

"She viewed her job as a mortician as being an absolute privilege.

"She'd say to me, 'I'm off to care for someone' - that was how she looked at it."

Ms Boswell was hit by a train on Monday at about 3.45pm and police responded soon after members of the public saw a body lying by the railway tracks, 200 metres south of the Marine Parade and Georges Drive intersection.

KiwiRail senior communications adviser David Miller said earlier this week that the crew of the south-bound freight train had been given time off in the wake of the incident.

"They will be off for several days."

He said the driver would not have been aware something had happened until the train was called to a halt by police after it crossed the Ngaruroro River rail bridge approaching Clive, 4km further down the line.

Meanwhile, Napier SPCA manager Bruce Wills said yesterday Ms Boswell's dog had died following the incident.

While an injury to the dog's face had been treatable, the dog also had a broken back, Mr Wills said. The severe break was not treatable and the dog was put to sleep.

Ms Boswell is survived by two children in their 20s and a long-term partner.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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