Lucky escape in Te Puke train crash
A second’s difference could have completely changed the outcome for a carload of people, after a train crashed into their vehicle near Te Puke.
Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Hunter says the vehicle failed to stop.
“The car failed to see the train and stop, has impacted with it, and yet miraculously they all managed to walk away unharmed.”
He says the crash highlights key safety messages.
“At these intersections where they are not controlled by lights or barriers, you must stop and make sure the way is clear.
“Trains can sneak up on you pretty quickly and they are not able to stop quickly.
“These people are very lucky they walked away from this. A second difference and it would’ve been a totally different outcome.”
Fortunately, the driver of the truck escaped without injuries in this crash too.