A pickup truck hauling a trailer narrowly avoiding slamming into a train on Thursday afternoon, taking out the railway crossing signals instead.
The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. on Hwy 2A near the Blindman Industrial Park just north of the city.
Red Deer Rural RCMP Const. James Smith said the driver of a northbound truck veered to the right at the last second at the crossing. The truck and its trailer loaded with a Bobcat knocked over the signal pole and ended up in the ditch next to the tracks.
The two men in the pickup were not injured.
A witness reported the signals were working when the accident happened, said Smith.
Some front-end damage could be seen on the truck. Three train engines sat parked on the other side of the crossing.
The driver was to be charged.