January 03, 2013 - 12:04 PM
An unidentified person was hit and killed by a train at about 4:40 a.m. in Dallas.
"We had a westbound train approaching the Pat Road crossing," said CP Rail spokesperson Kevin Hyrsak.
Hyrsak said the individual was on the tracks and despite whistle sounds by crew members and emergency brakes, the person failed to move from the tracks and was ultimately hit.
Hyrsak said it can take about a kilometre to stop a train depending on the size of the train and the cargo size.
"It was a loaded coal train so it's one of our longer and heavier trains," he said.
He said crew members have been relieved from duty and will received critical stress counselling.
While he was unsure about the experience of the crew members, he said the main thing was what led to the individual being on the tracks in the first place.
"It's currently under investigation. We are cooperating with local law enforcement," Hyrsak said.
Kamloops RCMP would not reveal any details due to the sensitive nature of the case. RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said there was no foul play involved and said the situation was deemed intentional on the pedestrian's side.
"It's a tragic situation," Hyrsak said.
— Jessica Wallace
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