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Woman badly hurt in car-train crash

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 6/10/2016
A car and a train have crashed in Morningside © SNPA A car and a train have crashed in Morningside

A car has collided with a train at a level crossing in the Auckland suburb of Morningside.

The Fire Service said the crash happened about 4.15pm.

A woman was trapped in the vehicle, but has now been freed and taken to Auckland Hospital in a serious condition.

Police said early indications were that the barrier arm was down and the lights were flashing when the vehicle drove through the intersection.

According to an eyewitness at the scene, the woman's blue hatchback car was turning out of the gym carpark and heading to New North Rd.

The eye-witness said she turned around just as the crash happened and saw the car had spun around and was up against the railings.

All trains have been stopped and road closures were being put in place.

Morningside Drive is closed, with no entry from St Lukes Road or New North Road. Traffic on New North Rd has backed up.

Auckland Transport has warned of cancellations and delays on the Western Line due to the incident.

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