A semi pulling a grain trailer collided with a west-bound train on the CN line four miles west of Landis, Saskatchewan, May 2. There were no injuries to the semi driver or the operators of the train.
(Photos provided by RCMP)
The RCMP press release said the truck was northbound on Standard Road and did not stop at the rail crossing. The truck was struck by a westbound train on the CN line and pushed across the roadway and into the ditch by the train. The train stopped as soon as possible and remained in place the truck could be removed from the side of the train. The truck made initial contact with the locomotive of the train.
There was no damage to the rail cars nor any goods spilled from the train, which consisted of cargo box cars and container units.
Rail traffic was suspended until the semi and grain trailer were pulled back from the edge of the tracks, and the train could move out of the affected rail area. CN officials then examined the track and determined there was no damage to the lines so rail traffic was able to resume.
RCMP were first notified of the collision at 7:53 a.m., and Unity SK RCMP attended. The truck and trailer were completely removed from the site by noon and rail traffic resumed without any restrictions.
At the time of the collision, the train was estimated to be travelling at a speed of approximately 45 miles per hour. The truck was also travelling at a low speed as the driver had just stopped to adjust the tarps on the trailer.
A 56-year-old male resident of the Landis district has been charged with disobeying a railway stop signal.
With no injuries to either the semi or the train operators, EMS was not required.
Seven members of Wilkie Fire and Rescue attended the scene and assisted in the clean-up of a ruptured fuel tank on the semi-unit. Some diesel fuel had been spilled on the ground as a result of damage to the semi from the collision with the train.
Wilkie Deputy Fire Chief Craig Sittler said the Fire and Rescue unit carries a spill kit so they can immediately remediate small spills. Absorbent pads were laid down to soak up the fuel and then later were disposed of.
This particular spill, Sittler said, was very small – not even large enough to have to be reported to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.