An elderly man suffered critical injuries when he was struck by a train in Takanini this morning - the third time someone has been hit by a train this month.
Police spokesman Lou Alofa said the man suffered a "glancing blow" after crossing the tracks from a pedestrian walkway in Station Rd.
"The victim got barely nicked," he said, but had suffered "very critical injuries".
The man was taken to Middlemore Hospital.
Emergency services were called to the scene around 10.30am.
Auckland Transport said there would be delays on the southern and eastern lines due to the incident.
The number of pedestrians being hit by trains in Auckland is at a six-year high.
On October 2, firefighters had to remove a critically injured man from under a train, which hit him as he was crossing St Georges Rd in Avondale. A man was fatally struck at the same crossing on October 19.
On July 11 a man was killed at a Mt Albert crossing.
In April, a woman broke her ankle after a train dragged her and her bike along St Lukes.
Earlier that month, Simondrai Jamie Robson, 35, died after he slipped under a train as it left the platform in Ranui.
After the October 19 incident, a KiwiRail spokesman said every death or injury on the tracks was avoidable and people needed to recognise the hazards and pay more attention to warning signs and signals.
"Our message is 'Use your brain, tracks are for trains'. We encourage people to stay alert around train tracks, to only ever cross at legal pedestrian crossings and to always remove their headphones and not use cell phones when crossing tracks," she said.
While trespassing was the leading cause of rail-related fatalities in New Zealand, the majority of those were incidents of self-harm.
KiwiRail said incidents where members of the public were injured or killed were also hard on the train drivers, who were given as much time off as they needed and offered counselling.
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