Child trapped near Railway Tracks-AFD response details
Friday, May, 20, 2016
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Friday, May 20 at 2:57 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a person with his leg caught near the railway tracks, in the area south of the 1Avenue level rail crossings near Fletcher Village.
On arrival, fire crews found a 13 year old boy (who had been walking with a friend on the rail tracks) with his leg caught up to the knee, in a void space between two abutments, closely adjacent to the tracks.
In order to ensure the safety of the victim and first responders, a request was made to have that portion of the rail tracks closed to all train traffic until rescue operations had been safely completed. Once assured that trains would not pose a hazard, firefighters set to the task of freeing the young boy. The hydraulic “Jaws of Life” were required to gain enough space to finally release his leg and move him to safety.
The frightened young victim was transferred to the care of AHS for assessment and treatment of his injuries.
After approximately 15 minutes the area was deemed safe for trains to move again.
Three pieces of apparatus and seven firefighters were on scene.
The public is reminded that the practice of walking the rail tracks in our community is a very dangerous and illegal practice.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel