July 12, 2018 1:57 pm
Updated: July 12, 2018 7:25 pm

CTrain traffic stalled after truck strikes train, 2 other vehicles, crashes into building

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A man was taken to hospital after a CTrain collision in southeast Calgary Thursday.

Police said a pickup truck was driving east on 36 Avenue S.E. at about 11:30 a.m. at the same time a CTrain was crossing.

The vehicle appears to have gone through the intersection and was clipped by the CTrain, police said, causing it to crash into a couple of vehicles in the nearby Heninger Toyota parking lot.

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It then crashed into the dealership itself.

Police said it’s believed the driver may have been suffering from a medical condition. He was taken to hospital in stable condition. No other injuries were reported.

Passengers on the train involved in the crash told Global News about the surprising experience.

“We were sitting by the window it seems as though the truck was trying to avoid the train it swerved and smacked into the building,” Maria Koukias said.

“I saw the car hit the train I didn’t I thought it wasn’t as close as it was but it was kinda surreal I guess,” Georgia Elliot said.

The manager at Heninger Toyota told Global News that in addition to the two vehicles outside the dealership, five others inside were also damaged.

The Calgary Police Service’s traffic unit was on scene as of 12:30 p.m. The investigation will include collision reconstruction, police said.

The collision put a stall on CTrain service along the Red Line, but by 1:50 p.m., Calgary Transit had tweeted that trains were running again in both directions.

Shuttle buses had been deployed to the Chinook and Victoria Park Stampede LRT stations to take people to their destinations.

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