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Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Farm Tractor Hit by Train

Two injured at uncontrolled South Sumas rail crossing

Staff/Voice photos


A crumpled farm tractor leans on hydro pole after being hit by a train on Sunday.


t was a very short train, but it only takes one car to have an accident.

Two teens were injured just before noon Sunday when the tractor and trailer they were on was hit by a five-car train at the rail crossing in the 44000 block of South Sumas.


The 15-year-old driver suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries, and the second youth, who was riding on the trailer received minor injuries.

The accident took place at one of the few rail crossings in Chilliwack without warning lights or guard rails.

Chilliwack RCMP closed the road and taped off the crossing while a Medevac air ambulance was brought in and the driver was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

Cpl. Ken Morris confirmed at the scene two were injured and that a trailer was also being towed by the tractor.

"I called ICARS in to investigate," said Morris.

According to a local, the driver didn't know the train was there because he was playing loud music. That has not been confirmed by police investigators.


Police inspect the trailer that was being towed by the tractor. Below, the Medevac chopper takes off with the driver of the tractor aboard.


The teen riding on the empty trailer saw the train at the last second and managed to jump off, but in doing so was run over by the trailer.

"He just had a scrape on his arm. I told him you better go in to the hospital, because you might be hurting later, but he didn't want to," said the woman who works nearby.


It's unclear if the youth was taken to Chilliwack General Hospital.


The driver of the tractor was alert when treated by paramedics.

"He waved as he was being loaded into the helicopter, so I guess he was alright," she said.

The train stopped a short distance away. Diesel from the tractor had leaked onto the tracks.


Accidents of this nature are hard on train crews. The engineer acknowledged to the Voice that he was driving the train but offered no additional details.

More later as more information becomes available.



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