Jan. 13, 2019
Police investigate fatal collision between train and vehicle
At approximately 3:20 pm January 12, 2019, Delta Police were called to the scene of a collision between a truck and train at the 4600 block of 72nd Street, an area known as the Churchill Railway Crossing.
“Unfortunately the driver of the truck did not survive the crash,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. She notes the driver was deceased at the scene.
The crash scene was complex as the truck was pushed a significant way down the track by the train. Police were on scene until 3:45 am Jan. 13, conducting the initial investigation, which was led by the Traffic Services with the assistance of the Forensics Investigative Services Section.
Delta Fire Department, CN Rail, and BC Hydro were among the other agencies which attended the scene.
According to CN Rail, the crossing is equipped with active warning devices, which were working at the time of the incident.
The deceased is a man in his 40s from Vancouver. Police were able to notify his family of his passing this morning. No further information regarding the victim will be released at this time.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation, and there is no clear indication of what led to this tragic outcome.