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A young New Zealander run over by a freight train as she lay
between the tracks is "incredibly lucky" to be alive, a rail
spokeswoman said today.
The train was travelling at about 20 kph when the driver saw the
woman lying down between the rails, said acting police Sergeant
Mike Lawton of North Island's Feilding police.
The driver was unable to stop the train before it went over the
woman, he said.
"By the time he stopped the train and walked back down the line,
she popped out from under the third wagon," he added.
The woman sustained minor injuries and complained of sore
shoulders and elbows, Lawton said.
She was flown by helicopter to hospital in Palmerston North, a
city 145 km north of the capital, Wellington.
Spokeswoman for train operator Toll Holdings, Sue Foley, said
the young woman was "incredibly lucky" to be alive.
The train's driver had been taken off driving duties for three
days and offered counselling, Foley said.
Neither police nor the train operator explained why the woman
was lying between the tracks.
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