British Columbia

Patient dies after ambulance and train collide in Langley, B.C.

Police have confirmed that an elderly patient being transported by ambulance in Langley died after the vehicle she was on collided with a train at 216 Street and Glover Road.

Victims is 86-year-old woman, two paramedics also on-board are recovering from injuries

A patient in the back of this ambulance has died after the vehicle collided with a train in the Milner area of Langley. (Tyson Hunter/Twitter)

Police have confirmed that an elderly woman being transported by ambulance in Langley has died after that vehicle collided with a train at 216 Street and Glover Road.

Two paramedics were also injured in the crash, which happened just before noon on Friday.

Witness Jennifer Pratt posted this photo of the train-ambulance collision in Langley. (Jennifer Pratt)

Five ambulances and two helicopter ambulances responded to the dramatic scene.

RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy says the 86-year-old woman was transported to hospital following the crash and died shortly after her arrival.

Largy is not offering any details of any injuries the woman suffered or whether police believe her death is connected to the crash, which was captured on a dash-camera video from a nearby motorist.

The ambulance appears to be already on the train tracks when the freight train collided with it.

Largy is not saying why the woman was being transported to hospital in the first place or what condition she was in before the collision.

Ambulance driver out of hospital

The ambulance was en route to Langley Memorial Hospital on Friday afternoon when a northeast-bound freight train collided with the vehicle.

Largy says the ambulance driver has been released from hospital while the paramedic who had been riding in the back is in stable condition.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash and BC Emergency Health Services is conducting its own investigation as well.

"We really don't know why what happened occurred," said Linda Lupini, executive vice president of BCEHS. "It's unusual to see something like that, we've all watched the video that was taken. We're not sure what happened."

Lupini says WorkSafeBC, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and CP Rail will all be looking at the cause of the accident.

with files from the Canadian Press