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Lucky to be alive after racing directly into train

October 13th, 2013

A 29-year-old Winnipeg man faces 4 charges after his vehicle hit a train Saturday night.

But Adam Norton will be lucky to be alive.

Winnipeg police and other emergency employees responded to a collision involving the Mazda 3 and a train in the area of Lakewood Boulevard and Archibald Street around 9: 50 p. m. For some unknown reason, Norton ignored railway crossing signal lights and alarms that had been activated and struck the 2nd engine of the train. The amount of damage to Norton’s vehicle has yet to be determined.

No one has been injured.

“When people make poor choices to try to beat the train, to go around the arms that might be down, ignore the flashing lights and the bells that are going away, they are putting the train, the particular occupants of that train and certainly, they’re putting themselves at incredible risk, ” Const. Jason Michalyshen said Sunday.

Norton, who was detained, has been charged with: dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; traveling while disqualified; failure to stop in a railway crossing at which a traffic control device is signalling the closeness of a passing of a train; plus failure to comply with conditions of the undertaking, which is related to a earlier charge of “possession of an unlawful substance, ” Michalyshen said.

Michalyshen cautioned that automobiles always get the worst of crashes with trains that cannot quit on a dime.

“It can take upwards of 20 football areas for a train to come to a comprehensive stop, ” he said.

jim. bender@sunmedia. ca

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