Train time is anytime at level crossings, says Metrolinx, as the agency has released a video of a vehicle being struck by a GO train on the Barrie Line.
The incident happened last month at a railway crossing near Downsview Airport in Toronto. In the video, an SUV pulls up to the crossing just as the gate goes down. The motorist stops but then pulls out to drive around the gate and then stops on the tracks before the vehicle is struck by the train a few seconds later.
⛔ Do not do what this driver did— Metrolinx (@Metrolinx) June 20, 2022
✅ Obey all signs and signals
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“Luckily, the driver escaped without significant injuries,” says Metrolinx in a blog post.
Images shared by Metrolinx show the vehicle crumpled and on its side.
The driver has been charged in connection with the incident.
“Most of these incidents, like the one in the video, are preventable,” Metrolinx’s Chief Safety Officer Martin Gallagher said in a blog post. “Collisions at level crossings are caused by pedestrians, cyclists and drivers who deliberately take risks or make bad decisions by mistake, out of habit or because they’re distracted. Everyone needs to be alert at level crossings and remember that trains move quickly and can appear at any time.”
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