Pedestrian killed by train in Kamloops

A pedestrian was walking on the rail lines when he was struck by a train and killed instantly east of the Overlanders Bridge in Kamloops.

KAMLOOPS - An unidentified man was killed tonight when he was struck by a train just east of the Overlander Bridge according to Kamloops RCMP.

Sgt. Dave Prentice said police were called to the CP Rail tracks at 8:25 p.m. Emergency services were also on scene. The initial investigation indicates the man was walking east on the tracks with his back to the train when he was hit.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush told media the investigation is ongoing by BC Coroners Service, CP Rail officials and Kamloops RCMP. Police are currently working to identify the man and notify next of kin.

Bush said the train light would have been visible in the dark circumstances of the night.

"We can't indicate in this case what the circumstances were, but regardless, and this aside, we always do encourage safety around railway tracks and crossings," Bush said.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @InfoNewsPentict.

— This story was updated on Jan. 30, 2014 to include comments from Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush, with files from Jessica Wallace.

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