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Train accident update

Emergency crews were called out to a train versus pedestrian in Chatham this afternoon, where a woman barely missed being struck by the moving train.
Photo by Craig Hendry

The Chatham-Kent police are still investigating a motor vehicle collision yesterday afternoon involving a cyclist and train.  Police released the age of the female cyclist who had her bicycle destroyed by the train.

At around 12:20 p.m. emergency crews responded to the Canadian Pacific rail crossing on Centre Street in Chatham about a train that struck a cyclist. A 64-year-old Chatham woman was riding her bicycle across the tracks when the train travelling eastbound struck her bicycle. She was not injured. The bicycle sustained extensive damage.

The Chatham-Kent police released a warning to pedestrians and cyclists that they must obey railway crossings laws just as motorists.

  • Look both ways when approaching the tracks.
  • Never try to beat an approaching train.
  • Stop at leave 5 metres from the nearest rail.
  • Wait for the train to pass and look both ways again to ensure all tracks are clear before crossing.