Person in a wheelchair hit by train in Chilliwack
Published Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:11PM PDT
Last Updated Sunday, May 27, 2018 11:57AM PDT
A person who witnesses say was using a wheelchair was killed after being hit by a train in Chilliwack Saturday.
Chilliwack RCMP said officers arrived on scene shortly after 5:30 p.m. and found one person dead and another person with non-life threatening injuries.
Joanne Cain, a witness at the scene, posted a video to a private Facebook group showing multiple ambulances near the train tracks at Broadway and 1st Avenue. In the video, she says paramedics had taken one woman away and a "fellow in a wheelchair" was still down on the tracks.
"I hope he survives," she narrates.
Another witness, who didn't want her name used, told CTV News she saw two women trying to get someone off the tracks whose wheelchair or scooter was stuck. She said they couldn't get the person free, and they jumped out of the way as the train approached.
She said one of the women didn't move fast enough and the train hit her arm. She said that woman was taken away in an ambulance.
A spokesperson from BC Emergency Health Services confirmed multiple ambulances responded and one person was transported to hospital in stable condition.
Kevin MacDonald, a freelance videographer, said police officers on scene told him they were waiting for the coroner and railway representatives to arrive.
The BC Coroners Service investigates all sudden and unexpected deaths in the province.
Chilliwack RCMP cordoned off the area of a significant amount of time. Media relations officer Cpl. Mike Rail said it was a westbound train who hit the pedestrians.
Police ask anyone with information to contact them at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.