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An 11-year-old girl has been struck and killed by a freight train while playing with friends on tracks on New Zealand's north island.
The friends were playing on the rail bridge at Ngaruawahia when they heard the sound of the train's horn and quickly tried to flee.
Unable to get out of the Auckland-bound train's path quick enough, the young girl was hit and knocked to the ground below.
The tragedy happened in the town of Ngaruawahia, about 90 minutes south of Auckland on Sunday evening.
Paramedics quickly attended the accident, but the girl died at the scene with her family arriving shortly afterwards.
KiwiRail CEO Peter Reidy told Radio New Zealand the popularity of the bridge as a spot for local children to jump into the Waikato River made the tragedy 'many years in the making'.
This article first appeared on www.dailymail.co.uk
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