8 Jun 2010

Man hit by train in Levin finally identified

12:57 pm on 8 June 2010

Police have identified a man who was hit by a train in Levin 10 days ago, but he does not want his identity made public.

The victim, known publicly only as Alan, has been seriously ill in Palmerston North Hospital since the incident, in which he lost part of an arm and a leg.

Over the weekend, Detective Brenda Kelly says, he had recovered enough to be able to give Levin police several names, and a search of more than 2000 combinations of those finally identified him.

The identification was confirmed late on Monday after a search of passport records.

Police say he is a 62-year-old New Zealander, with roots in Christchurch, and a rail enthusiast who regularly travels by train.

They are still trying to trace relatives overseas and to find his missing yellow and black backpack and an old suitcase.