UPDATE: Horse killed after being struck by a train in Kamloops

An accident Jan. 12 caused traffic delays.
Image Credit: Nathan Ritchie

A horse was fatally hit by a train in Kamloops Sunday morning and its rider was sent to hospital.

The Kamloops RCMP received a call Jan. 12 at 10:35 a.m. that a Canadian National Railways train had struck a horse and rider in the vicinity of Devick Road near Rayleigh. 

"The rider was taken to a local medical facility to be examined.  The horse was deceased at the scene,"  Sgt.  Sascha  Fesenko said in a press release.

"Rail and highway traffic was stopped for a short period of time while police investigated the incident and horse was removed."

According to Kamloops resident Nathan Ritchie, who is on the scene, traffic is backed up in the southbound direction on Highway 5. He said the rider was loaded into an ambulance and emergency crews are on scene. 

It's unclear if weather contributed to the incident but snow and wind warnings have been issued by Environment Canada for the Okanagan Valley and Thompson-Nicola regions.


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