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Tragic accident involving a VIA Train in Wemotaci.

Postby NeoArashi » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:51 am

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/11 ... seil-bande

Sorry, article is in french.

Basically, a 8 years old child was on the tracks on the railway bridge in Wemotaci, Quebec. (That bridge has a pedestrian passage, so while the kid WAS on the tracks, it's usually perfectly legal and safe to cross it on foot), when VIA Train #603 hit the child.

The child was severly wounded, but did not die on impact. Local auhorities, as well as the Suretée du Québec (Quebec's provincial police) was dispatched on site. VIA Rail employees confirmed that the 603 was involved in the incident. At the moment of impact, there were 16 passengers and 3 crew members in the train.

The Suretée du Quebec and CN's inspectors already started to investigate. CN Owns the tracks in the area.

The 603 was obviously heavily deleayed due to the accident.


I wasn't born in Wemotaci, but my mother (and most of my mother's familly) comes from there, so this shocked me quite a bit. My mother has not confirmed if the child was from our familly or not, though.
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Re: Tragic accident involving a VIA Train in Wemotaci.

Postby Mark0f0 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:30 pm

So crossing the bridge, on the tracks, was legal and sanctioned by the railway? Or was a separate walk-way, isolated from the tracks, available for the purpose?
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Re: Tragic accident involving a VIA Train in Wemotaci.

Postby mdvle » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:35 pm

Appears if my Google search is correct that they rail bridge has had a pedestrian bridge attached to the side of it.

Looking at this updated story the picture of the memorial appears to be on the pedestrian portion, with the train portion through the chain link fencing https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1123704/train-via-rail-pont-ferroviaire-riviere-rails-enquete-sq

The scrolling gallery at the top of this tourism(?) site appears to show the bridge from a better angle - but also sadly but unsurprisingly is a picture taken standing in the middle of the tracks http://www.tourismehautemauricie.com/la-tuque-et-ses-regions/communautes-autochtones
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Re: Tragic accident involving a VIA Train in Wemotaci.

Postby Mark0f0 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:11 am

Looks pretty hard to conclude that the fault lie with anyone other than the person who didn't use the proper pedestrian facilities then.
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Re: Tragic accident involving a VIA Train in Wemotaci.

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:06 pm

According to the report on mdvle's first link, a group of about 5 children had congregated on the bridge (doesn't say which part) after school when the train came through shortly before 4 pm and one of them wasn't able to get out of the way in time--so apparently they were all on the track and thus not using the proper pedestrian facilities. But then they're eight years old ...
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Re: Tragic accident involving a VIA Train in Wemotaci.

Postby MACTRAXX » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:27 pm

NA and Everyone:

Sad topic about this tragic accident in Wemotaci,QC

I looked at the pictures of the truss bridge and found the walkway setup alongside the track to be interesting...

Standing out to me is the picture of the memorial on the bridge WITH A HOLE CUT INTO THE FENCE clearly visible in the background...

What needs to be done on this bridge is replacing all of the chain-link fencing with either mini-link or another more secure fence type to deter
trespassers especially now in the wake of this incident...

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Re: Tragic accident involving a VIA Train in Wemotaci.

Postby Mark0f0 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:38 am

MACTRAXX wrote:What needs to be done on this bridge is replacing all of the chain-link fencing with either mini-link or another more secure fence type to deter
trespassers especially now in the wake of this incident...


Its basically impossible to secure rail infrastructure in such a way. Kids who are intent on being unsafe will just find a way around any possible fence that could be erected.

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Re: Tragic accident involving a VIA Train in Wemotaci.

Postby MACTRAXX » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:09 pm

Mark: Total agreement there...Secure the bridge better if possible along with trespass enforcement...
Does anyone have further photos - especially of or by the walkways of the Wemotaci truss bridge?
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