Fort Frances man fears train will fall into his yard

A Fort Frances man says CN Rail's plans for a new track behind his house pose a safety issue.

CN about to build third rail line next to Fort Frances homes

A Fort Frances man says CN Rail's plans for a new track behind his house pose a safety issue.

Dave Poirier, who already lives near two sets of railway tracks, said CN officials came to his home last week to tell him they will add a third siding near his neighbourhood.

This will bring fast-moving trains very close to his residence, Poirier said.

“If this happens, and they do set another set of railroad tracks in, I'm going to be within 15 feet of a train,” he said.

He's been told construction of the third track could start within days. Poirier has tried to contact local politicians to intervene, with no luck so far.
Fort Frances resident Dave Poirier says that, according to his measurements, if another set of railroad tracks is built closer to his fence, there will only be 15 feet separating the two. (Supplied)

“I've taken numerous pictures and … I've got pictures of train cars that are 20 feet high,” he said.

“If one of those trains ever fell over, there would be a train in my back yard. I just don't think there is room.”

CBC News contacted CN for comment, but has not received a response as yet.

"I bought this house knowing I was close to railways tracks. I don't think anyone can argue the fact that we knew what we were buying,” Poirier continued.

“The point is, how close can they get? I'm going to be living within 15 feet of a railway track. I don't have safety. I have a six-year-old son running around and playing in the back yard. He doesn't have safety. We have people coming over to visit. They don't have safety. Where is [the] common sense?”

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