A teenage boy was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving a pickup truck and a train in Macoun, Sask. Thursday.
Emergency crews responded a railway crossing, about 30 kilometres northwest of Estevan, where the youth was taken to hospital at about 2:30 p.m. CST. He was the only person in the vehicle.
Police said the train was travelling eastbound, while the truck was northbound at the time of the collision. The train did not derail and no spills resulted from the crash.
Road conditions or alcohol are not considered to be factors in the cause if the crash.
Mayor says crossing arm needed
Police said the crossing was marked with both crossing signs and stop signs, but Mayor of Macoun, Stuart Sovdi, said that's not enough.
He told CBC New there have been other similar collisions at the crossing.
"We had a young lady about two years ago, slide into the train on the ice," said Sovdi. "Not seriously injured. We've seen a fatality about a year ago, I believe. When one of our local priests was hit by a train."
Sovdi said community officials met with representatives from CP Rail more than a month ago and asked them to put up a crossing arm.
He said they were told it would take at least a year and it would cost a lot of money for the installation.