OPP Reports

ATV Driver Sent to Hospital Following Collision on Railway Tracks

OPP Cruiser with headlights on
Submitted to Just Sayin' Caledon

Officers from the OPP Caledon Detachment as well as members of the CN Railway Police responded to an ATV collision on railway tracks in the Town of Caledon.

On Sunday, October 24, 2021 at approximately 7:30 officers responded to an ATV collision on the railroad tracks west of Humber Station Road, north of King Street. At this time a male rider was located following a rollover collision. The driver was transported to hospital for assessment.

Members of the CN Police will be conducting the collision investigation.

Caledon residents are reminded that being on or near railway tracks without permission is illegal, even if no signs are posted. Trespassing is considered a crime and can result in charges and fines.

Some facts to consider for those thinking of using railway tracks for leisure activities:

·        Trains don’t travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains often change. Always expect a train at each highway-rail intersection at any time.

·        All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks; it’s illegal trespass and highly dangerous. It takes the average freight train traveling at 90kmh more than 2 kilometres – the length of 18 football fields – to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough or swerve to avoid a collision.

·        A train can extend three feet or more beyond the steel rail, putting the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the three foot mark. If there are rails on the railroad ties, always assume the track is in use, even if there are weeds or the track looks unused.

·        Today’s trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale “clackety-clack.” Any approaching train is always closer, moving faster, than you think.

·        Stay alert around railroad tracks. Refrain from texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train; never mix rails and recreation.

Further resources for rail safety can be found by visiting:

·        OperationLifesaver.ca

·        LookListenLive.ca

·        STOPTrackTragedies.ca

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