A person is dead after being hit by a train in Otumoetai early Wednesday morning.
Emergency services were called to the scene alongside Ngatai Road near Otumoetai Road at 5.41am.
Police have confirmed a pedestrian is dead as a result of being hit by the train.
The body is believed to be an adult male.
Western Bay of Plenty Police Area Commander Inspector Clifford Paxton says police were advised a train had struck a pedestrian earlier today.
“There are no suspicious circumstances.
“Police are investigating the incident at the moment and ask that members of the public stay away from the area.”
Neighbours at the scene say they heard the train’s whistle sounding in the early hours of today.
Police have cordoned off the side of the Ngatai Road that leads down to the train tracks.
A vehicle parked on the roadside was towed away, and media were warned to exercise some ‘sensitivity’ when taking photos.
The train driver is receiving support from Victim Support services.
Firefighters are on scene washing down the train tracks.
Police are asking the public to stay away from the scene while they investigate.
Police have cordoned off an area of Ngatai Road leading down to the railway tracks.