June 16, 2016 Vehicle/Train collision
June 17, 2016
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded with Alberta Health Services and Airdrie RCMP to the report of a vehicle and train colliding on the rail crossing located at First Avenue west of Main Street.
When fire crews arrived on scene they found a pickup truck in the ditch adjacent to the tracks. The vehicle was upside down on the roof with a lone male occupant unresponsive and trapped inside the badly damaged cab.
In order to ensure the safety of both the victim and first responders the 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 man from the wreckage. The hydraulic “Jaws of Life” were required to gain entry, and after approximately 10 minutes, the patient was removed and care transferred to AHS paramedics on scene.
RCMP and CP Rail Police remained on scene to conduct their investigation. Roads in the area remained closed until 5 p.m. after investigation efforts were completed.
Three pieces of fire apparatus and seven firefighters were on scene.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel