Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Car train collision sends local woman to hospital

A train - vehicle incident at Port Edward resulted in a woman being transported to Prince Rupert Regional Hospital on Tuesday morning. As a car driven by the 56 year old was struck by a train at the Nelson Drive railway crossing in the District.

Just before 9 am, members from Port Edward and Prince Rupert Fire Rescue, the RCMP and BC ambulance arrived on site to extricate the motorist from her car, using the jaws of life.

 Fire Rescue personnel transferred the trapped motorist from the vehicle to a waiting ambulance, which  after stabilizing her condition transported her to Prince Rupert Regional.

She was subsequently transferred by air ambulance to Vancouver for treatment of internal injuries.

The Police investigation into the incident suggests that the motorist did not stop at the crossing and was struck by the train carrying it down the tracks.

The incident provides the RCMP with the opportunity to once again remind motorists that the onus is on the driver to ensure that conditions are safe prior to crossing any railway crossing.

A review of the Tuesday morning accident can be found at the RCMP website.

The Northern View had the first of the media reports posted to their website on Tuesday morning.

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