19 Mar 2018

11yo girl killed on Ngaruawahia train bridge

From Morning Report, 7:34 am on 19 March 2018

KiwiRail says it's tragic that a young girl has died after being hit by one of its trains. A freight train travelling from Hamilton to Auckland struck the 11-year-old on a railway bridge in Ngaruawahia at about six o'clock yesterday evening. The police say officers have been providing support to the girl's family and to the train driver. Local people using the bridge to jump into the river has been an ongoing problem for Kiwirail and local police. Waikato District Mayor Alan Sanson says he met just last week with locals worried about kids playing on the bridge.