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Truck driver dead after collision with train

A 21-year-old Benalto man is dead following a collision between a pickup truck and a Canadian National train, seven km west of Sylvan Lake on Wednesday afternoon.

Sylvan Lake RCMP say the driver of the pickup truck was heading east on Township Road 385 just east of Range Road 23 when the truck may have slid into the southbound train around 2:20 p.m.

The driver was alone in the vehicle.

RCMP Cpl. Kevin Halwa of the Sylvan Lake detachment said at the scene the man was alive when Sylvan Lake Emergency Services arrived, “but he succumbed to his injuries.”

STARS Air Ambulance was initially called but stood down after the man died.

The identity of the man has not been released.

The truck came to rest upside down on the east side of the tracks. Township Road 385 was snow covered and slick at the time of the incident.

RCMP collision reconstructionists were on the scene attempting to determine what happened. CN police were also on the scene.

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