Authorities investigate death at B.C. rail crossing involving man on scooter

CHILLIWACK, B.C.—A death at a British Columbia railway crossing is under investigation after reports say a scooter got stuck on the tracks late Saturday afternoon.

Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Julie Leroux says an investigator headed to Chilliwack following the incident, in which she says reports indicate there was a collision with a scooter that became stuck at the crossing.

The B.C. Coroners Service says they are in the early stages of an investigation into the death of a man in his 40s after an incident at a railway crossing.
The B.C. Coroners Service says they are in the early stages of an investigation into the death of a man in his 40s after an incident at a railway crossing.  (DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

RCMP Insp. Vishal Mathura says the scooter stopped just before the crossing, then proceeded forward until it stopped again between the rails. Vishal says the lights activated and the arms came down, and people nearby realized the person on the scooter was in trouble and tried to help.

BC Emergency Health Services says multiple ambulances were sent to the scene, but only one person was transported to hospital in stable condition.

The B.C. Coroners Service says in an email that it’s in the early stages of an investigation into the death of a man in his 40s, but that no other information was available.

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Vishal says one other person who was involved in the incident was not harmed.

Daniel Salvatore, a spokesman for Canadian National Railway, says CN police are helping the RCMP investigate the “tragic incident,” which involved a west-bound freight train at the First Ave. and Broadway crossing in Chilliwack.


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