Guelph Junction Railway train involved in collision

No serious injuries reported

Guelph, Ont., December 20, 2016 – At approximately 10:30 a.m. a car was involved in a collision with a Guelph Junction Railway train at the Macdonell Street and Woolwich Street railway crossing.

Guelph Police, Guelph Fire and Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service personnel arrived on the scene. The driver of the car was taken to Guelph General Hospital. No injuries were reported by the train crew.

Guelph Police are investigating the incident.

Guelph Junction Railway remains committed to the safety of all travellers, and reminds the public about the following railway safety tips:

  • Slow down when approaching a railway crossing.
  • Remember trains can come at any time. It takes a train a long time to come to a complete stop.
  • When the lights at a rail crossing are flashing stop at the white line painted on the pavement. Do not cross over this line.
  • Do not cross the track until the lights stop flashing, the bell stops ringing and the train has passed. If the crossing has a gate or barrier, wait until it rises all the way up before you cross the tracks.
  • Never drive around, under or through a railway gate or barrier while it is down, being lowered or being raised. It is illegal and dangerous.
  • Do not stop in the middle of railway tracks.
  • Never race a train to a crossing.
  • Avoid shifting gears while crossing tracks.
  • If the light or gates at a railway crossings are going off in error, contact the Guelph Junction Railway at the phone number found on the railway poll box. Staff will respond to the call and investigate.

Updated December 21, 2016

As per the media release issued by Guelph Police Service on Wednesday, December 21:

It is alleged that a four door Nissan Versa was travelling westbound on Macdonell Street east of Woolwich Street as a northbound freight train approached the level crossing.  The Versa stopped on the railway tracks and was struck by the train.

The driver, a 63-year-old Guelph female, was transported to Guelph General Hospital with minor injuries.

Macdonell Street was closed between Woolwich and Elizabeth Street for approximately 1 hour while police conducted their investigation. The female driver will appear in Provincial Offence Court to answer to the charge of disobey railway signal – stop at wrong place.

For more information about the investigation

Constable Mike Gatto
Guelph Police Service
519-824-1212 extension 7253
mgatto@guelphpolice.ca