Two cyclists went underneath a train that was stopped at an intersection in Revelstoke Aug. 17. (Virtual Railfan)

VIDEO: Cyclists cross under train in Revelstoke

The incident was caught on the railway museum’s live train camera

Two cyclists were caught on camera going underneath a train stopped at the intersection in front of the Revelstoke Railway Museum Aug. 17.

Doug Mayer, a volunteer at the museum, witnessed the incident and said the train started moving again roughly 30 seconds after the cyclists were clear.

Mayer said he can’t believe how stupid some people are and he sees things like this all the time. He has also seen people climbing over rail cars to avoid waiting for stopped trains and driving around control gates when the train is only two hundred metres away. It is dangerous, he said.

What annoyed him the most, he said, was that the cyclists appeared to be a man in his 30s with a 14 or 15 year old teenager.

“What kind of example is he setting?”

Crossing and walking on railway tracks is considered trespassing and illegal. According to CP Rail’s Rail Sense website there are hundreds of North Americans killed each year in preventable incidents with trains.

“Chances of survival are slim for trespassers,” the website reads. “Those who do survive often suffer from life-altering injuries, including amputation.”

According to CP this incident is under investigation by CP Police.

“As we approach Rail Safety Week (Sept. 21-27), CP stresses that behaviours demonstrated in this footage are extremely dangerous and could have resulted in these individuals suffering severe injuries or worse,” said Salem Woodrow, spokesperson for CP, in an email.

In June 2018, a man suffered complete and partial limb loss after trespassing on CP Rail property in Revelstoke.

In March 2020, a man was taken to hospital by air ambulance after being struck by a train outside of Ashcroft.

READ MORE: Man suffers complete, partial limb loss after falling off CP Rail train: RCMP

Those who are caught trespassing could be subject to a $115 ticket under the Railway Safety Act of Canada. Criminal charges and a fine of up to $50,000 are also possible.

Earlier this year CN Police announced they would be patrolling communities to ensure people weren’t trespassing and in Nelson this summer CP police said they would be educating and giving tickets to trespassers.

READ MORE: CP Rail ticketing track walkers in Nelson


 

@RevelstokeRevue
editor@revelstoketimesreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

railway

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fruitvale hosts well-attended middle school forum

Fruitvale council hosted their public forum Sept. 12 on their master plan for the middle school

New City of Trail bylaw officer

Calvin Heighton joined the municipal team at the end of August

Lab work a test of patience in Trail

Letter to the Editor from Linda Grandbois, Trail

Books returned to Trail high school, 50 years later

It’s never too late to return your library books!

Beaver Valley Lions award $1,000 scholarships

The topic of Lions Bingo is still under discussion

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Vancouver Island sailor stranded in U.S. hospital after suffering massive stroke at sea

Oak Bay man was attempting to circumnavigate the world solo

Most Read