London

Woman, 24, hurt on train tracks near Richmond Street

Police say a 24-year-old woman was hurt following an early morning incident on the tracks near Richmond and Picadilly.

The woman was sent to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries

A westbound Canadian Pacific freight train approaches a level crossing on Richmond Street in London, Ont. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

A 24-year-old woman suffered serious injuries at a rail crossing near Richmond Street early Friday morning. 

Police said emergency crews were found the woman near the tracks in the Richmond and Picadilly area at about 3 a.m. Friday

She was sent to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. 

Police say the investigation into what exactly took place this morning is still ongoing. 

"We would like to remind the public to take precautions when they're around rail tracks," said Constable Sandasha Bough from the London Police Service. 

Some of those precautions include: 

  • Never go around lowered gates or try to beat an oncoming train to a rail crossing

  • Be prepared to stop at all railway crossings

  • Stay alert. Look and listen in both directions so that you know when trains are approaching

  • Leave your vehicle if it stalls or gets stuck in a crossing. Get yourself and all of your passengers out and call 9-1-1 immediately

  • Stay off the tracks. Don't use the train tracks as a shortcut or a path. Trains do not always run on schedule and are faster and quieter than you may think.

According to the Operation Lifesaver website, there have been 59 railway and trespassing accidents in 2019 in Ontario. Over 20 of them were fatal.