CN train collision at New Brunswick railway crossing kills one

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Moncton Fatal Train Collision
RCMP on the scene of a fatal train collision in Moncton on Wednesday, July 27 – Jul 27, 2016

A 29-year-old New Brunswick man in a wheelchair was killed when he was struck by a CN train at a crossing in Moncton, police said Wednesday.

RCMP Const. Derek Black said the man from Moncton was on the tracks at a crossing near Robinson and Victoria streets when he was hit by the train at 1:45 a.m.

“Police are trying to determine why he was on the tracks and what exactly happened,” he said. “There’s no indication anyone else was involved at this point.”

Cpl. Jacques Cloutier added that foul play is not suspected, but it remains unclear why the man was in the area.

“We may never (uncover what happened). We don’t know. That’s something for whether the investigation will reveal any further information or not.”


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RCMP respond to a fatal trail collision at a Moncton railway crossing. Contributed/Wade Perry

In a statement, CN confirmed the incident involved one of its trains, but declined to be interviewed.

Spokesman Pierre-Yves Boivin said the crossing’s gates were functioning properly, meaning the flashing lights activated and the gates came down. The area is largely residential.

Black said they would not release the man’s name.

The incident remains under investigation.

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