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An elderly couple dies after they hit a car in Langley.



The fire couple died after their car was hit by a train to Langley, according to firefighters.

Brian Gaudlonton, deputy chief of the Langley fire brigade, says a small white car was shot down around 9:30 am Pacific time on the Langley bypass road to Glover Road.

“As you can see, the car was confused,” Hodlonton told reporters Sunday afternoon at the crash site.

The firemen were the first in the area and pulled the two injured out of the car. None of the passengers could be recovered and was declared dead.

Ken Enns, a local resident, saw a train pushing a car. "It was pretty ugly," he said,

The train was a freight train of the Canadian National Railway, which operated on the Canadian Pacific Railways. Hodlonton said he was heading to Roberts Bank, loaded with coal.

“Unfortunately, they happen too often,” said Brian Gadlonton, deputy head of the fire brigade of the fire rescue service Langley, about collisions of vehicles and trains in Langley B.S. (John Hernandez / CBC)

Staff Sergeant David Brown of RCMP Langley said the intersection is well marked with flashing lights and hands.

“We don’t understand why the car stopped on tracks,” he said.

Brown said that it turned out that the car was stuck between the hands of the railway track, which descend to stop the movement, and was tightened.

Firefighters, police and paramedics responded to the scene after 9:30 am Pacific time on Sunday December 20, 2018. (Shane McKeichan)

Hodlonton said more than 30 trains run daily in the area. He agreed with Brown that the tracks are well marked.

June Fancello, who works at a local bakery, said she drives around the tracks every day when she comes to and from work.

“Usually, people who are responsible drivers do not see any problems,” said Fanchello, calling the accident “terrible.”

There were other cases where trains were lost at other intersections in Langley, where the railway lines pass.

Hodlonton said that security officers from B.C. and Alberta recently held a railroad safety roundtable.

As investigators continue to investigate the cause, he turned to motorists with caution.

“Everyone is in a hurry to get to where we are going, but you need to approach these railway crossings with caution, because, as you can see, the results are small when something comes across a train,” he said.


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