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Train accident a "sad reminder" of trespassing risks

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August 08, 2014 - 1:52 PM

KAMLOOPS – A representative from the Canadian Pacific Railway is calling the incident which left one man dead and another injured a “sad reminder” of the dangers of trespassing.

On Aug. 6 around midnight the two men were walking along the tracks at the intersection of East Trans Canada Highway and Comazzetto Road, near Valleyview when they were hit by the train. Cpl. Cheryl Bush, a spokesperson for Kamloops RCMP said foul play was ruled out in the investigation.

“There is nothing suspicious about the death,” she said. The matter was since turned over to Canadian Pacific.

Andy Cummings, a spokesperson for the company, said the train crew noticed a person walking on the tracks and applied the brakes. The men were still hit because the train can take two kilometres or more to come to a complete stop, Cummings said.

Cummings said he and other representatives’ thoughts are with the families since the incident.

Members of the Canadian Pacific Police Service are still determining why the men came to be on the tracks.

It is against the law to enter railway property. The most recent data from 2011 shows there were 169 vehicular crossing collisions with 25 fatalities and 21 serious injuries across Canada.

Additionally there were 67 trespasser incidents, including 46 fatalities and 21 serious injuries.

To contact a reporter for this story, email gbrothen@infotelnews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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