Man killed after passenger train smashes into vehicle at Ramore
|OPP CONST. Derek McTavish of the South Porcupine detachment repositions a pole by a vehicle that was struck by a Northlander passenger train, claiming the life of the vehicle’s driver early Tuesday morning. The pole was being used to help with computerized visuals of the accident scene.
By Debbie Pell
Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 07:00
- A man is dead after his vehicle collided with an Ontario Northland passenger train in Ramore just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Christopher Child, 48, a resident of Black River-Matheson, was heading south in a sports utility vehicle when it was rammed by an eastbound train at the Lava Mountain Road rail crossing.
Members of the Ontario Northland track inspection crew said there were nine passengers, including a baby, on the train which had departed from Cochrane and was en route to Toronto.
No one on the train was injured.
However, the Northlander was detained for three hours to help investigators in the reconstruction of the accident.
The train departed for Toronto at 11 a.m.
However, police officers stayed at the site for hours afterwards investigating the accident.
Officers made and recorded measurements of the area with a computerized transit.
“We’re recording distance and elevation so computerized generation of the accident scene can be visualized later,” said Kirkland Lake OPP Sgt. Pierre Gautier, collision reconstructionist at the scene.
In addition to the OPP, the Ramore Fire Department and ambulance attendants responded to the scene.
VCARS (Victim Crises and Referral Services) was also asked to provide help.
The last fatal collision involving a train in the South Porcupine OPP cluster area happened in October of 1996 near Iroquois Falls, police said.
An investigation into Tuesday’s accident is continuing.
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