5 Apr 2024

Video shows kids jumping from bridge while train runs past

From Checkpoint, 4:25 pm on 5 April 2024

Playing chicken with trains continues to plague the Waikato town of Ngāruawāhia. 

A new video on social media shows seven kids jumping from the rail bridge into the Waikato River just as a train engine barrels past them with its horn blaring.

There are more trains now than ever before and yet kids continue to dice with death - despite two children dying after being struck by trains on the bridge.

Ngāruawāhia Community Board chairperson Kiri Morgan speaks to Susana Lei'ataua.