Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department inspect a vehicle involved in a collision with a train Sunday afternoon. The occupants are believed to have suffered minor injuries from the incident and the tracks were expected to be closed for some time. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

WATCH: Minor injuries in train vs car collision south of Ponoka

Vehicle occupants sustained minor-to-no injuries in a train vs car collision

The occupants of a vehicle are lucky to be alive after a train collided with their car.

Emergency crews were called to the collision just south of Ponoka off Highway 2A on Feb. 11.

The call came in at approximately 2 p.m. that a train had hit a car on Township Road 424.

Police say the westbound vehicle was unable to stop when the railway crossing lights turned on. The driver attempted to stop but the icy road conditions made it difficult to slow down.

The train subsequently collided with the rear end of the vehicle throwing the car into the railway crossing lights, which damaged and upended them.

Air bags on the sedan deployed and its rear end was completely destroyed, however, the front end, where the occupants were, appear to have suffered minor injuries.

Ponoka RCMP, EMS and the Ponoka County East District Fire Department were all on scene of the incident.

One of the individuals involved said they blacked out at the time of the collision. They were taken to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre for evaluation.

The train was travelling at such a rate that it eventually stopped about three miles north of the collision.

About an hour later it is believed CP Rail police and inspection crews were heading to the scene to repair the east side train crossing lights and investigate.

The crossing was opened to traffic a short time later.

 

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