Car and train collide near Ohakune

By Zac Yates of the Wanganui Chronicle -
Photo / Ruapehu Bulletin
Photo / Ruapehu Bulletin

A car and the Northern Explorer train have collided on a rail crossing north of Ohakune.

The accident happened on Matapuna Rd in Horopito, about 10km north of Ohakune, about 1pm.

The car was carrying two young men.

The passenger was believed to have serious injuries and the driver moderate injuries.

Both were taken by the Palmerston Rescue Helicopter to Wanganui Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said their injuries were being assessed and couldn't give an update on their condition.

A KiwiRail spokeswoman said the train driver was shaken but unhurt. There were 46 passengers on the Northern Explorer and another driver was brought in to continue the journey.

The KiwiRail spokeswoman could not say if the car had stopped on the crossing or was moving through it.

The accident site is close to the entrance of Horopito Motors, a car graveyard featured in the 1981 film Smash Palace starring Bruno Lawrence.

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