Highway 3 closed for two hours after car/train crash
Car/train crash south of Fort Macleod
Two people survived a car/train accident near Fort Macleod on Tuesday morning.
The accident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., south of Fort Macleod, on the double lane section of Highway 3. Constable John Learn of the Fort Macleod RCMP says police believe the driver of a black 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix was attempting to pass a school bus in the left hand lane when it collided with the eastbound CP Rail train at a level crossing.
The car was significantly damaged when it was pushed back from the train, and ended up in the ditch. There was minimal damage to the train.
Two people inside the Grand Prix were taken to Fort Macleod Hospital by Fort Macleod Emergency Services. Constable Learn says the two were treated for non life-threatening injuries and released.
Highway 3 was closed to traffic for about two hours to allow the RCMP and CP Rail Police to conduct their investigation into the car/train crash. So far, the investigation shows that the lights and bells at the train crossing were operational and functioning properly. The accident has been blamed on driver error. Alcohol was not a factor in the collision.
The driver of the Grand Prix has been charged for failing to stop properly at railway crossing when electrical / mechanical signs gives warning.
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