Man killed on train tracks in Regina
A man is dead after an incident at the railroad tracks near downtown Regina on Saturday.
Regina police were called to the tracks at 8th Avenue and Broder Street at 7:53 a.m. by CP Rail workers after they spotted a body. Officers arrived on the scene and confirmed the man was dead.
"It appears at this time that the male attempted to jump aboard a moving train, and slipped and lost his footing," explained Sergeant Tim Huber, "and unfortunately he was dragged under the train."
The man's name is not being released.
Train incidents on the rise in Saskatchewan
If it's starting to feel like train versus public crashes are happening too often, it's because they are.
On Saturday, a train struck a truck east of Saskatoon at an open crossing of the CN line. All the people involved were ok, but the truck was hauling two horses in a trailer. Both animals were killed.
So far in 2012, Saskatchewan has seen 18 different incidents of train collisions. That already surpasses the 13 seen in the year before.
Speaking for CN, Julie Senecal says drivers need to be on the lookout.
"Sometimes people get complacent ," said Senecal, "they think that 'usually when I cross here there's no train.' Well, there could be a train at any time."
The majority of Saskatchewan's train tragedies are happening at rural passive crossings. It's hard to say what's behind such a damaging year. According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the numbers are up right across Canada.
With files from Natalie Geddes and Courtney Mintenko.
Edited by CJME's Courtney Mintenko.