A man is in serious condition after a train hit a car on the Kapiti Coast this afternoon.
The car was dragged up to 30m when it was hit by a freight train on an unarmed crossing south of Te Horo between Waikanae and Otaki.
The driver was believed to be from Wellington and was heading back over the railway line after visiting one of seven properties over the crossing.
In a statement, police said the car was struck by a train while crossing tracks on to a private road about seven kilometres south of Otaki about 1.50pm.
One man was reported to be in the car.
A rescue helicopter landed at the scene and transported the man to Wellington Hospital.
State Highway 1 was closed for a short period following the accident. An NZTA spokesman said the road re-opened about 3.30pm.
The crossing is on a sweeping bend and has no safety barriers.
A local resident said nearby property owners had been trying to get approval for safety improvements to the crossing for years.
Local and rail authorities had been passing the buck and nothing had been done, she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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