Tragic fatal crash prompts rail network warning

The crash happened on Pongakawa Station Road at 8.15am on Wednesday. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Motorists and pedestrians are being urged to take care around rail networks following a double fatal crash in the Bay of Plenty.

Two people are dead and three others have been seriously injured after a train and car collided on Pongakawa School Road, near the intersection of State Highway 2.

Emergency services were called to the crash at 8.15am on Wednesday.

Rail safety not for profit organisation TrackSAFE NZ extends its deepest sympathy to everyone affected by the tragic vehicle and train collision in the Bay of Plenty.

“It goes without saying that this incident is an absolute tragedy for all concerned - the victims, their friends and families, witnesses, emergency services personnel and the locomotive engineer (train driver) and other rail staff affected,” says Foundation Manager Megan Drayton.

“It is a tragic reminder of the need for all motorists and pedestrians to take extreme care at all times around our rail network.

“Trains are heavy, they are often travelling faster than they appear and they cannot stop in a hurry.”

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