Paramedics tend to driver after car-train collision in Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP were called to assist Canada Pacific Rail on Wednesday night, May 19, 2021 after a collision between a car and a train. The incident was reported around 8 p.m. near the 203rd Street and Maple Crescent intersection. (Barry Brinkman/Special to The News)Ridge Meadows RCMP were called to assist Canada Pacific Rail on Wednesday night, May 19, 2021 after a collision between a car and a train. The incident was reported around 8 p.m. near the 203rd Street and Maple Crescent intersection. (Barry Brinkman/Special to The News)
Ridge Meadows RCMP were called to assist Canada Pacific Rail on Wednesday night, May 19, 2021 after a collision between a car and a train. The incident was reported around 8 p.m. near the 203rd Street and Maple Crescent intersection. (Barry Brinkman/Special to The News)Ridge Meadows RCMP were called to assist Canada Pacific Rail on Wednesday night, May 19, 2021 after a collision between a car and a train. The incident was reported around 8 p.m. near the 203rd Street and Maple Crescent intersection. (Barry Brinkman/Special to The News)

Ridge Meadows RCMP were called to assist Canada Pacific Rail on Wednesday night after a collision between a car and a train.

The incident was reported around 8 p.m. near the 203rd Street and Maple Crescent intersection.

A witness on scene confirmed the driver of the vehicle was attended to by paramedics.

Shannon Miller, communications officer with BC Ambulance, told the The News several paramedic crews were dispatched to the scene, but the “potential patient refused transport to hospital.”

Other witnesses who were on scene took to social media describing how shaken up they were having witnessed the collision, describing how the driver of the vehicle drove through the rail crossing guards that did activate to warn a train was approaching.

The News has reached out to CP Rail for comment.

Meanwhile, today, on the other side of the country, a day following the crash, the federal government announced $21 million in funding to improve rail safety through the rail safety improvement program.

“Supporting activities such as research and the development of innovative technologies are important parts of the government’s comprehensive approach to reducing incidents and enhancing the safety of Canadian communities on railway properties,” said Soraya Martinez Ferrada, parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport.

The funding is expected to go towards 103 grade-crossing improvements, 18 crossing infrastructure projects, eight grade crossing closures and six technology and research projects across the country.

It is not yet known if any of the grade-crossings and projects are located in Ridge Meadows.


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