A woman with severe injuries on the CN rail line is assisted to the ambulance with the help of a bystander (orange cap) who found her on the tracks and called paramedics. Quinn Bender photo

Woman survives train strike

Mayor, MLA to raise on-going issue in planned meeting with CN

A woman was struck by a train but found alive this morning on the CN Rail line just south of Atwood St in Terrace. A resident walking his dog in the area said at around 8:30 a.m. the dog first alerted him to the conscious but uncommunicative woman laying near the tracks with extreme injuries to her foot.

Paramedics rushed the woman to hospital for treatment. At this time her condition is not known. RCMP are continuing their investigation under the conduct of CN Police. A CN spokesperson said while the circumstances are under investigation they will continue to discuss the issue with city leadership.

“Any incident like this is a tragic reminder of the dangers of trespassing on railway property or equipment. We continue to encourage pedestrians to stay away from the rail yard and never take a short cut that can cut short a life.”

This is the fourth incident since Sept. 2016 of a pedestrian struck by a train in Terrace. In all three other cases the victims were killed. Community leaders have since been pushing CN to make more effort in blocking access to its property more effectively. Talks are also underway for federal and provincial funding for a pedestrian overpass.

Responding to the accident Terrace Mayor Carol Leclerc told the Terrace Standard that prior to today’s incident she and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross had already been organizing a tour of the rail yard with a high-ranking CN executive to discuss solutions to the problem.

“I am very saddened to hear there’s been another incident on our local tracks,” Leclerc said. She declined to discuss publicly what she and Ross hope to resolve in the meeting with CN until that conversation is established.

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