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The elderly couple died after the car was hit by a train at Langley, said the firefighter



An elderly couple died after their car was hit by a train at Langley, according to firefighters.

Brian Godlonton, deputy fire chief for Langley Fire Rescue Services, said the small white car was hit at around 9:30 a.m. PT on the Langley shortcut on Glover Road.

"As you can see, the car was pushed far enough on the trail," God watched the reporter Sunday afternoon at the crash site.

The firefighters first went to the area and pulled the two victims from the car. No passenger can be revived and declared dead.

Ken Enns, a local resident, saw a car driven by a train. "That's very ugly," he said,

The train is a Canadian freight train, which operates on the Canada Pacific rail. It goes to Roberts Bank, loaded with coal, Godlonton said.

"Unfortunately, that happens too often," said Brian Godlonton, deputy fire chief with Langley Fire Rescue Services about vehicle and train collisions at Langley B.C. (Jon Hernandez / CBC)

Staff Sergeant David Brown with Langley RCMP said the intersection was marked by lights and flashing arms.

"We don't understand why vehicles stop on the tracks," he said.

Brown said it seemed the car was trapped between the arms of the train track, which dropped to stop traffic, and was dragged.

Firefighters, police and paramedics responded to the incident after 9:30 a.m. PT on Sunday 20 December 2018. (Shane MacKichan)

Godlonton said the area had more than 30 trains that passed every day. He agreed with Brown that the track was well marked.

June Fancello, who works at a local bakery, said he drove across the tracks every day, coming to and from work.

"Usually, people who are responsible drivers, I don't see any problems," Fancello said, describing the accident as "terrible."

There was an incident of another vehicle being hit by a train at another intersection at Langley where the railroad tracks were running.

Godlonton said, security officers from BC and Alberta recently held a round table to discuss railroad safety.

When investigators continue to investigate the cause, he urges motorists to be careful.

"Everyone is in a hurry to get to where we are going, but you need to approach this train crossing carefully because as you can see the results are not good when something collides with the train," he said.


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