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Updated: Train and car collide in Langley

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A 49-year-old Vancouver woman got away mostly unscathed after a train hit her vehicle on the railway tracks at Glover Road and Smith Crescent during the busy afternoon rush hour on Thursday.

The woman was airlifted to hospital but has no broken bones or major injuries and is expected to make a full recovery, said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.

According to the train engineer, it appears the woman drove onto the tracks, saw the oncoming train, panicked and froze. It was raining heavily at the time.

The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

Witnesses to the collision, which happened just after 5 p.m., said the eastbound vehicle did not stop at the stop sign at the uncontrolled railway crossing, and was struck by the northbound train.

The car was sent into the ditch and didn’t appear to have a lot of damage.

Glover Road was closed at Smith Crescent for about an hour, while the stopped train blocked several crossings in the Milner area, disrupting traffic in the area.

This is the second train-vehicle collision in Langley in less than a month. On the morning of April 10 a dump truck collided with a CN freight train east of Fort Langley. The driver of the truck survived his injures.

 

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