Woman dies after her truck hits freight train in Chatham-Kent
A 44-year-old woman is dead after her truck hit a freight train in Chatham-Kent.
It happened around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night.
Police say a white Ford pickup truck was travelling south on Prince Albert Road from McNaughton Avenue East when the driver collided with a moving freight train.
CP Rail says the lights were working at the crossing, but there are no barriers across the road.
The vehicle became lodged under a rail car and was dragged over four kilometres before the train was able to stop just west of Centre Side Road.
Eddie Rota lives near the site of initial impact. He says there should be barriers at the crossing since there have been other accidents there.
Emergency crews responded to the scene and found the truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the scene wasn’t released until 7 a.m. because it was very hard to work in the dark.
Police are not releasing her identity until next-of-kin have been notified.
The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information can contact Const. Todd Trahan at 519-355-1092. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).