Crash between truck and train in Levin

Crash between truck and train in Levin

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A southbound freight train crashed into a truck and trailer in Levin on Tuesday night, leaving a big mess to clean up.

The crash occurred at 9.10pm at the crossing intersection of Cambridge Street South and State Highway 1.

No one was injured from the incident, Police affirmed to thisquality.

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

Fire and Emergency attended the scene, but left shortly after as there was no one trapped or injured. 

Police initially said in a statement the truck was carrying pigs believed killed from impact. It was understood the truck carried pig carcasses, not live pigs.

KiwiRail provided comment surrounding the incident to thisquality.

“We understand the truck was carrying pig carcasses,” a KiwiRail spokesperson said. They'd assured their trains do not carry livestock.

“Barrier arms, bells and lights were all working at the level crossing.”

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

Contractors were at the scene for several hours cleaning up the wreck. They'd used heavy machinery vehicles and trucks to take away remains.

The train line reopened shortly before 2am.

Earlier in the afternoon, a serious crash led to four fatalities south of Levin. The crash caused considerable delays to traffic heading northbound and southbound for several hours.

 

Note: An earlier version of this publication said live pigs were killed from the crash, according to a statement given to press. This was incorrect and we've corrected it to our understanding.

Image: SUPPLIED/Sam Hudson 

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