Probe continues into passenger train accident
|THE DRIVER OF a fuel truck was killed Wednesday morning when his vehicle was struck by the Northlander passenger train at a crossing two kilometres north of Earlton. Dead is John Nethercott, 40, of Dymond Township. No one on the train was injured. The Northlander was enroute to Toronto from Cochrane at the time of the mishap.
By Rick Owen
Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 07:00
- One man is dead as the result of a collision Wednesday morning between a passenger train and a fuel truck.
Dead is John Nethercott, 40, of Dymond Township.
Nethercott was the driver of a UPI fuel truck that was struck by the Northlander at a level crossing about two kilometres north of Earlton.
The accident took place at about 10 a.m.
The Northlander was bound to Toronto from Cochrane.
No one on the train was injured. It was not immediately known how many people were on the train. Passengers continued their journey by bus.
Nethercott was taken by ambulance to Timiskaming Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At the time of the accident, Nethercott was driving eastbound on Mini Farm Road.
The train, which consisted of two engines and four cars, did not leave the track as a result of the accident.
However, the impact caused the train to lose about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
Officers at the scene advised the fuel spill did not pose an immediate danger to residents.
The Earlton an Englehart Volunteer Fire Departments attended the scene along with Ontario Provincial Police officers and officials from the Ministry of Environment.
An investigation continues.
The Northlander is operated by the Ontario Northland Railway.
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