British Columbia

Man killed by train in Surrey, B.C.

A man in his 20s was killed after he and two companions were crawling under railcars in north Surrey, B.C. on Saturday night.
A police officer searches for evidence after a man was struck and killed by a railcar in north Surrey. (Shane MacKichan)

A man in his 20s was killed after he and two companions were crawling under railcars in north Surrey, B.C., on Saturday night.

Police received a call just before 11 p.m. after one of the three was struck when the cars began to move.

RCMP said CN Rail police have taken over the investigation. ((Shane MacKichan))

Inspector Steve Wade, the Surrey RCMP detachment watch commander on Saturday night, said the incident took place off Old Yale Road and under the SkyTrain bridge that crosses the Fraser River.

"What we figure happened is the male was in a state of intoxication and tried to cross the tracks while the train was moving," Wade said.

As of Saturday night, the man had not been identified and CN Rail police had taken over the investigation.

The RCMP is treating the scene as an accident, Wade said.

"We don't feel there is any foul play at all, just somebody trying to cross the train tracks."

The neighbourhood where the incident took place is mostly industrial, though the Brownsville R.V. Park and Marine Pub and a popular riverside party site are near the train tracks and the river at the end of Old Yale Road.