Woman hit by train dies

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 09:19 04/02/2014
smashed car reefton train crash
Deidre Mussen

COLLISION: The car that was hit by a train at the crossing on Swamp Creek Road, near State Highway 69, about 15 km north of Reefton on the West Coast.

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A West Coast woman hit by a train near her home has died. 

The 56-year-old died in Christchurch Hospital on Saturday, just over a week after her ute was hit by a train on Swamp Creek Rd, about 19km north of Reefton. 

The crash happened as the woman left her rural property and was crossing tracks to reach State Highway 69 about 1.30pm on January 23.

Police said it appeared the south-bound train hit the driver's side of the ute, shunting it about 15 metres into a nearby paddock.

The coal train had been travelling to Lyttelton from the Stockton mine, north of Westport. 

No one else was in the ute when the crash happened and the train driver was not injured. 

The woman was airlifted to Christchurch Hospital by the Greymouth-based rescue helicopter, but remained in a critical condition over the following week.

She is survived by her husband, four daughters and two grandchildren, and will be farewelled at a funeral in Reefton on Friday.

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