Hamilton station tragedy: Woman and baby fatally struck by freight train

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A woman and baby have died after being hit by a freight train in Hamilton this morning. Video / Mike Scott

A woman and baby have died after being hit by a freight train at a Hamilton station this morning.

Emergency services were called to Frankton station around 8.10am and determined one person was dead once at the scene, police initially said.

Police have now confirmed to the Herald that a dead baby was found alongside a dead woman on the tracks.

A police officer inspects the tracks at the scene of a fatal incident at Frankton station.  Photo/Mike Scott
A police officer inspects the tracks at the scene of a fatal incident at Frankton station. Photo/Mike Scott

KiwiRail’s acting group chief executive, David Gordon, said a member of the public was hit by a freight train just after 8am this morning.

Police had since confirmed that the person was deceased.

“These types of events are deeply traumatic for those involved, and our hearts go out to everyone involved,” Gordon said.

“As per our usual practice, our locomotive engineer has been furloughed and will be offered advice and any other necessary support from KiwiRail.”

The line remains closed and there will be disruption to freight services between Hamilton and Tauranga.

The police conduct a scene search and offer support to those present at the scene.

The death should be referred to the coroner.

There was a heavy emergency services presence at the scene, including several police cars and a fire truck.

Police could be seen examining the tracks east of the station.

The scene at Hamilton's Frankton station, where a body was found this morning.  Photo/Mike Scott
The scene at Hamilton’s Frankton station, where a body was found this morning. Photo/Mike Scott

St John Ambulance said six vehicles attended the incident at 8.13am today. There were an unknown number of patients.

Fire and Emergency NZ confirmed they had been called to the scene to assist ambulance staff.

An area has been cordoned off towards Frankton station.

An ambulance driver told two Hamilton City Council gardeners working on Fraser Street to block the road and cycle path. The pair were not told why.

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