Truck nearly strikes train north of Red Deer

A pickup truck hauling a trailer narrowly avoiding slamming into a train on Thursday afternoon, taking out the railway crossing signals instead.

As a tow truck driver watches traffic along highway 2A North of Red Deert the passenger and driver of a pickup truck walk around the vehicle Thursday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle collided with railway warning lights as he drove his vehicle into the ditch.

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.

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