Dangerous incidents between public and trains on the rise
Saturday morning in Regina a man was killed when he tried to jump onto a moving rail car. Later that day, a trailer near Saskatoon was hit by a train at a rail crossing killing two horses.
These two incidents continue a disturbing trend of dangerous incidents between the public and trains across the province.
So far this year the Transportation Safety Board of Canada reported 19 different crashes between trains and the public, at this point last year that number was only at 13 and the total count for the year was 23.
You can see a chart comparing accidents at rail crossings in different provinces here.
Dan Di Tota is with Operation Lifesaveer in Ottawa, they run educational programs about rail safety across the country. He says after 20 years of decreases in people being hit by trains, these numbers have shot back up right across the country.
"With the economy the way it is, it's up and down but relatively the train traffic is increasing," he commented.
There are also more vehicles on the road but he says it's hard to pin point the exact reason for more dangerous situations on rail crossings especially.
He says Saskatchewan in particular is experiencing a shocking number of crashes.
As a way to prevent more deadly crashes on railroads, Operation Lifesaver is trying to increase their safety message in Saskatchewan.
For more information on railway safety go to the Operation Lifesaver website.
Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson