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March 27, 2003

American tourist killed after falling under train

From: Stuff, New Zealand - Mar 27, 2003

An elderly American tourist was killed when he fell under a passenger train at the Kaikoura railway station this morning.

His name was not available this afternoon.

The man was trying to board the northbound Tranz Scenic train as it was leaving Kaikoura on its way to Picton when he slipped.

Constable Arnold Witteveen of Kaikoura police said that when the train pulled into the station, passengers were told not to leave the station as it was a short stop only.

It was thought the man, who was hearing impaired, did not hear that.

The man had been travelling alone and had been planning to travel to Wellington, Mr Witteveen said.

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