A Regina man is dead after being hit by a freight train west of downtown Regina.

It happened at around 6:50 a.m. CST near the corner of York and North Railway streets.

Canadian Pacific Railway train

Rail safety is a big concern for Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara, who met with CP Rail for two hours to discuss hazardous goods. (Roxanna Woloshyn/CBC)

Police said the man, 50, was walking along the tracks in the darkness when he was hit by the front engine of the Canadian Pacific Railway train.

Staff on the train blew the horn but the man did not respond, police said. 

The brakes were applied and the train managed to slow somewhat, but it still hit the man with some force.

He was taken to hospital with severe injuries. Police said it was confirmed at around 10:30 a.m. that the man had died.

Train accident in Regina

The accident happened on the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks west of the downtown, near the corner of York Street and North Railway Street. (Google Maps)