A 15-year-old girl who died in a train collision near Carterton this morning was flung 20 metres from the vehicle, Police say.
Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson of Masterton said the ute appeared to drive straight into the side of the train, collapsing the front and sending it spinning out of control.
Grace Ellen Diedrichs, a passenger in the ute, was flung 20 metres from the vehicle. She was found dead at the scene, police said.
The incident happened on Wiltons Rd between Carterton and Masterton about 8:10am.
The driver, a 17-year-old boy, remained in the ute and suffered moderate head injuries. He is currently in Masterton Hospital.
Senior Sergeant Watson said it appeared the drive did not see the vehicle until it too late. He collided about 5 metres from the front of the train, puncturing its diesel tank.
"I don't know why he didn't see it."
It took the train 510m to stop after the collision.
Train passengers waited an hour and half before they were allowed to leave the train, catching a bus onto Wellington.
Those who spoke to The Dominion Post said they did not notice the impact or see any debris when they alighted.
The Serious Crash Unit had been called in to investigate and road blocks were in place at each end of Wiltons Rd.
The fire service was called to stem a diesel leak from the locomotive which had pulled up at a nearby fertiliser works.
The driver of the train was shaken but not injured and was being supported by Police and Victim Support, along with Kiwi-Rail staff.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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