Two people have died following a crash between a car and train in Waikato early this morning.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Piako Road and State Highway 26, near Morrinsville, just after 4.00am, police said.
"The car was hit straight across the front of the train and has been pushed some distance down the lines by the train," Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend told 1 NEWS.
Road workers were doing road markings and a stop-go was in place a the time of the crash, he said. Fog was not believed to have been a factor in the incident.
The train was a freight service travelling from Mt Maunganui to Hamilton, KiwiRail told 1 NEWS.
KiwiRail chief operations officer Todd Moyle says it is a tragic incident and its effects will be far-reaching.
"Our thoughts are with the friends and family of those who have died, and also with our driver, who we are providing with appropriate support, such as counselling," said Mr Moyle.
KiwiRail highlighted that the level crossing is protected by flashing lights and bells.
Emergency Services and KiwiRail staff remain on site and the line will remain closed until clearance is received from the Police.
The road is also still closed with diversions in place. NZTA has advised it could remain closed until mid-afternoon.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.