An 11-year-old girl has been hit and killed by a train on a railway bridge today.
The girl was struck on the the railway bridge in Ngāruawāhia, Waikato at 6pm New Zealand time, Stuff is reporting.
The bridge is notorious for people dodging trains to jump off into the water below.
It had in the past considered electric gates over the track, he said.
"It's probably something on the minds of people in Ngāruawāhia on a daily basis at this time of year".
He knew that amongst some locals that playing on the bridge was nearly a right of passage, but police had been working to inform locals of the risks. "These kids weren't jumping, just playing around".
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"The locomotive driver is understandably distressed and as is normal practice has been relieved of duties", KiwiRail said.
Kiwirail chief executive Peter Reidy said KiwiRail, police, and the council had all been trying to stop children getting onto the bridge.
"Over the last four or five years there have been a significant number of anti-trespass safety measures put in".
"Youth will use cars to pull the fencing off and even if we restrict the speeds, they climb on the trains and jump off them".
Her friends are reportedly being spoken to and supported by the police.
The girl's death has been referred to the coroner.
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