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'Too young to be taken': Snowplow driver killed by train was 26

A 26-year old London man has been identified as the driver of the sidewalk snowplow hit and killed by a CN train passing through downtown London.

London police no longer involved in the investigation, handing it over to CN police

Malcolm Trudell, 26, was an H.B. Beal graduate who is being mourned by family and friends (Facebook)

A 26-year-old London man has been identified as the driver of the sidewalk snowplow that was hit and killed by a CN train passing through downtown London.

Malcolm Trudell was operating a Bobcat, heading northbound on Colborne Street Wednesday, when he was hit by an eastbound freight train. 

"He was very hard working... He loved his family very much," his mother Robin Kindree wrote on social media, too distraught to talk. 

The City of London said the driver was an employee of a company on contract with the municipality.

It is not clear how many hours Trudell had been driving at the time of the accident, or how much training he'd had. 

The London Police had been working in conjunction with CN investigators to establish what went wrong, but a police spokesperson said Thursday the force is no longer involved. 

"It is now their investigation due to the fact that the fatality took place on federal property," Sandasha Bough said in an email to CBC News.  

"My son was a wonderful young man. He was too young to be taken from us like this," Kindree said, 

Trudell was a high school graduate of H.B. Beal Secondary School in London.