Man 'lucky' to be alive after crash
"He's extremely lucky he wasn't killed,"BLANTON SMITH
A 46-year-old Hawera man is lucky to be alive after the car he was driving collided with a train in Hawera this morning.
Sergeant Lincoln McCrea said it appeared the man had driven straight through the lights at the level crossing on Tawhiti Rd about 5am.
The crossing is controlled by lights and bells, Mr McCrea said.
St John operations manager Ian May said the man was in Taranaki Base Hospital with serious pelvis, head and chest injuries.
"He's extremely lucky he wasn't killed," Mr May said.
"He wasn't trapped because the train removed the whole driver's side of the car."
Mr McCrea said the train was not damaged and its driver was not injured in the crash.
"He's shaken up, he got one hell of a fright," he said.
Police are yet to make a decision on whether the driver of the car will be charged.
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