August 25, 2015 - 2:36 PM
KAMLOOPS - A 70-year-old man is lucky to be alive this afternoon after the vehicle he was driving collided with an oncoming train.
At roughly 1:45 p.m. the man was on Highland Drive and police believe he was trying to turn onto Highway 1, but completely missed the turn, slid down an embankment and hit an east moving train, Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Kelly Butler says.
At least seven RCMP, fire and ambulance all responded to the scene, temporarily blocking the westbound curb lane of the highway.
The vehicle has extensive damage to all sides; the rear driver’s side door was sheered off.
The man was taken to Royal Inland Hospital and is expected to recover.
RCMP are still trying to piece together what happened. It’s unknown if the train stopped; it’s not there. They and CP Rail continue to investigate.
--This story was updated at 2:57 p.m. August 25 to include more information
--This story was updated at 12:24 p.m. August 26 to include more information
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