A man survived being hit by a freight train in Blenheim early this morning.

The 21-year-old pedestrian was hit by a northbound train at about 5.45am, police said.

He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Wellington Hospital.

A KiwiRail spokeswoman said the train was carrying freight from Christchurch to Picton when it hit the man a short distance from Blenheim Station.


The train driver had been stood down and would be offered counselling.

There were minor traffic delays while police cleared the track.