Woman seriously hurt after North Otago train collision


January 30, 2020 - 70 views

A woman is seriously injured after a crash involving a train and two vehicles south of Oamaru.

Sergeant Tony Woodbridge, of Oamaru, said police received a report of the crash at the State Highway 1 crossing at Reidston, about 15km south of Oamaru, at midday.

A southbound vehicle was stopped at the level crossing, when it was allegedly ''rear-ended'' by a silver Toyota Rav4, Sgt Woodbridge said.

The southbound hatchback was shunted across the other side of the railway tracks, while the Rav4 came to a stop on the tracks in the path of the oncoming train.

Sgt Woodbridge said the train driver saw the scene unfolding, but was was not able to stop in time, hitting the Rav4 which ended up on its roof.

A helicopter landed at the site about 12.30pm and transported the 91-year-old female driver of the Rav4 to Dunedin Hospital.

Two vehicles were involved in a crash with a train near Maheno. Photo: Daniel Birchfield
Two vehicles were involved in a crash with a train near Maheno. Photo: Daniel Birchfield

The road is closed and diversions are in place.

The Serious Crash Unit has been advised.

A St John spokesman said one woman had serious injuries and was being taken to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter.

Two other patients were being treated at the scene.

An Otago Daily Times reporter at the scene said a train was stopped across the road at a SH1 crossing.

He could see the two crashed vehicles next to the train, one an SUV on its roof and badly damaged.

The scene of a crash between two cars and a train at Reidston. Photo: Gus Patterson
The scene of a crash between two cars and a train at Reidston. Photo: Gus Patterson

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