'Silly buggers' grazed by train

KAROLINE TUCKEY
Last updated 10:02 07/07/2014

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Two teenagers have escaped death by a hair's breadth after being hit by a train near Raumati South, about 50 kilometres northeast of Wellington.

Senior Sergeant Anita Dixon said a youth and a young woman in their late teens were on the tracks at 2am on Saturday when both were "grazed" by a train.

The pair had been "being silly buggers on the tracks", Dixon said, and the incident was not thought to have been a suicide attempt.

"It was absolutely idiotic", she said.

Police were notified by KiwiRail after the train driver called to say they thought they'd hit someone.

The section of tracks where the pair was hit runs parallel to State Highway 1 at the bottom of the Raumati escarpment, and is not lit.

Both teens were from Kapiti.

They were treated by Wellington Free Ambulance staff at the scene, but declined to go to hospital, Dixon said.

The woman's arm and the youth's leg were injured, she said.

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