Monday, December 15, 2008

Man dies after Via Rail train hits car west of Edmonton

A man died Sunday evening after his car was struck by a Via Rail passenger train at a rural crossing about 230 kilometres west of Edmonton.

None of the 105 passengers and 15 crew members were injured when the accident occurred about 5 p.m. MT near Galloway, Alta., spokesman Catherine Kaloutsky said.

There were no crossing arms at the site of the crash, but it was marked by a number of warning signs. she said.

"There would have also been a stop sign as well as a large yellow 'railway crossing' warning sign," she said.

The train, which was on its way to Vancouver from Toronto, didn't sustain any damage and headed for its final destination two hours and 20 minutes behind schedule after the vehicle was removed, Kaloutsky said.

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