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Wrongful Death Claim Unlikely in Chinook Station CTrain Incident

Posted in: Blog // Written on behalf of Cuming & Gillespie
October 29, 2015

A man was struck by a train and killed last Thursday, October 22, at the Chinook CTrain Station in south Calgary.

At approximately 4:30pm, shortly after a northbound train had departed the station, a man attempted to walk across the pedestrian walkway despite the fact that the barriers were down and the warning lights were flashing. He was struck by a southbound train and dragged approximately 50 metres before the Ctrain was able to come to a full stop.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Calgary Emergency Medical Services; no other injuries among pedestrians or the train’s occupants were reported. CTrain service was only briefly affected.

Because all of the safety equipment and warning signals were functioning properly, and because the train’s conductor does not appear to have acted negligent or in any way that unreasonably increased the danger to pedestrians, it is unlikely that a wrongful death claim could be successfully brought against any of the parties in the case..

In other instances, where proper precautions or warnings of dangerous situations in Calgary are not clearly given, such an incident could lead to a wrongful death claim. If you have had a family member killed in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence and would like to discuss your case with a Calgary wrongful death lawyer, please contact us today.

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