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Person killed by train in Canterbury

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

A person has been hit and killed by a train in Canterbury.

A police spokeswoman says the death happened just after 9am on Wednesday at Tinwald in Ashburton, but she couldn't provide further details.

KiwiRail says the person was struck by a southbound freight train and the line remains closed.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the person involved, any witnesses, our staff and emergency services because these events always have a significant effect on many people," the company said in a statement.

Counselling has been offered to the train driver.

Police and firefighters are at the scene.

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