Transport Canada orders White Rock train whistle review

Transport Canada is asking the City of White Rock to review an exemption on train whistles after a 42-year-old woman was killed while jogging along the tracks near Marine Drive.

Anita Lewis, 42, killed by an Amtrak train while jogging in July

Transport Canada is asking the City of White Rock to review an exemption on train whistles after a 42-year-old woman was killed while jogging along the tracks near Marine Drive.

Anita Lewis was jogging with her husband when she was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in July. Lewis was wearing headphones at the time. Her death was ruled an accident.

Since 1992, the White Rock has restricted train whistles between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for the sake of local residents.

Engineers sound whistles before trains enter White Rock and after they leave the city, and also in case of any imminent danger anywhere along the line.

Transport Canada has ordered a review of White Rock's train whistle policy. (CBC)

But Transport Canada has asked for a review of rail safety policies in the city.

“We can't allow an accident which is totally out of the blue change what we do to the point which that throws everything we've done out the window,” said Mayor Wayne Baldwin.

“So we have to be cognizant of the safety requirements but we also have to ... let common sense rule here.”

The owner of the track, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, will meet with White Rock officials on October 10.

But it's unclear whether the review will change current safety features along the train tracks.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.