Man killed by train in Christchurch

Last updated 09:35 05/02/2013
Railway crossing
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FATAL ACCIDENT: The railway crossing in Lincoln Rd where a pedestrian was hit and killed on Monday.

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A Christchurch man has died after being hit by a train.

The 26-year-old was struck about 10.15pm at Lincoln Rd yesterday while he was trying to cross, police said this morning.

Emergency services attended the scene and Lincoln Rd was closed for about three hours while a scene examination was conducted.

Police said the controlled barrier arms were engaged at the time, and inquiries were continuing.

It appeared the man had been trying to outrun the train, a spokesman said.

The man was believed to have been with another person at the time of the accident.

Simon Brown, the manager of nearby Cargo Bar/Bean Scene, said he believed the intersection was safe for pedestrians.

"I don't think it is dangerous. There are flashing lights and barrier arms that come down whenever a train goes past.

"Our bouncers are also looking out for people who may have had too much to drink and make sure they're not just wandering around."

Brown did not know if the man had been drinking at the bar prior to the accident.

"I can't comment. I don't know any details of what happened last night," he said.

"I can say that we've never had an incident with that intersection in the past."

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