Last Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. the New Hazelton RCMP were called out to a collision between a transport truck and a CN train.
The accident occurred on Hwy 37 at the railway crossing just north of Highway 16 and Highway 37 junction in Kitwanga which caused the highway to be closed for several hours. Upon investigation it was revealed that the tractor trailer was heading southbound on Hwy 37, and failed to stop at the railway crossing where the railway lights were flashing. The CN train was heading westbound and collided with the trailer of the transport truck. The trailer, which was loaded with goods, sustained major damage and spilled its contents onto the roadway and ditch. The CN train sustained damage to the engine car. Both the tractor trailer unit and CN engine had to be towed from the scene. Fortunately, neither the driver of the transport truck or any of the train personnel were injured during the collision.
The driver of the truck was issued a violation ticket for failing to stop at a railway crossing and driving without due care and attention.
The New Hazelton RCMP would like to remind the motoring public of the importance of obeying all traffic control devices, especially those at railway crossings.