TSB warns of safety flaw at site of fatal accident involving a train and ambulance in Langley

FILE PHOTO: Emergency crews on scene of a collision between a train and an ambulance in Langley. Peter Duong

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is still investigating an accident involving a train and an ambulance that claimed the life of an 87-year-old woman in Langley last year, but it has flagged some safety concerns.

The TSB said it has concerns that the traffic signals and railway crossing warning systems are giving drivers conflicting messages, saying “Transport Canada, BC’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the CP Railway, may want to review the design and functionality of the Crush Crescent-Glover Road crossing.”

The issue, according to the TSB, is drivers turning from Crush Crescent onto Glover Road were getting a green light at the same time the railway crossing warning came on.

The fatal accident happened in September 2015 when a northbound train hit the back end of an ambulance; which was carrying an elderly woman, at 216th Street and Glover Road. The woman, Helena Theodora Van Gool of Langley, was immediately airlifted to hospital where she later died of her injuries.

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Although the safety flaw is not necessarily the cause of the crash, the TSB would like it fixed immediately.

~ with files from Amy Judd

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