Lucky escape for driver on train tracks

A woman had a lucky escape after her car stopped at a West Coast railway crossing as a train was approaching.

A police spokesman said the woman was able to get out of the car before the train hit it on State Highway 69, about 15km north of Reefton, this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene about 8.35am.

The woman and train driver were both uninjured and the road was open, the spokesman said.

"They just have to fix the crossing sign."

It was not yet known what caused the woman's vehicle to stop on the tracks, he said.

A KiwiRail spokeswoman said the empty coal train had been heading north to Westport for loading when the crash happened.

"I understand someone was very lucky," she said.

The train would now arrive in Westport later than planned, but "I don't envisage that will cause any problems", she said.

Fairfax Media