Smithers woman struck by train in Telkwa

A Smithers woman is lucky to be alive tonight after being struck by a CN train near Coalmine Road

  • Sep. 1, 2013 7:00 a.m.

By Amara JanssensA Smithers woman is lucky to be alive tonight after being struck by a CN train in Telkwa near Coalmine Road.At approximately 11 p.m. first responders arrived on scene after the conductor reported the train he was driving had struck the 40-year-old woman. Smithers RCMP Cst. Mindel said the conductor saw the collision and felt the hit. RCMP said the woman was walking alongside the tracks on the highway side when she was clipped by the train. Only her right arm was struck, and appeared broken, Mindel said. The woman was rushed to hospital by BC Ambulance at 11:45 p.m. was conscious and suffered no blood loss. “It could have been way worse,” Cst. Mendel explained.”She’s a lucky girl.”Police are cautioning the public who cross the railway tracks as not all train incidents are this fortunate. “We are realists we know that people use that thoroughfare as a very easily accessible way to get to and from this area of town. But I would definitely caution them, this is one woman who got extremely lucky, hopefully we never have to deal with this again. I hope people are a little more careful when they are going across those tracks,” Cst. Jennifer McCreesh said.The Telkwa Volunteer Fire Department was first on scene, as first responders including RCMP and BC Ambulance were on hand at the nearby Telkwa BBQ. 

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