Two people have died after being hit by trains in separate accidents this morning.

One person died after a being struck by a train in central Hamilton.

Senior Sergeant David Raffan, of Hamilton, said the incident occurred in a rail tunnel on Ward St.

Police were called about 4.30am. St John Ambulance sent two vehicles, but the person died.

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"Support is being provided to the driver of the train and the deceased's next of kin are being notified," Raffan said.

A second person died on the West Coast after their car crashed into a power pole and was then hit by a train.

It happened at the intersection of Maimai Rd and State Highway 7 at Mawheraiti shortly before 3am.

Police said there was one person in the car and they were found dead at the scene.

They said it appears the driver crashed into a power pole, causing their car to end up on the train tracks where it was struck by the locomotive.

The police Serious Crash Unit is investigating.