A young man was struck and seriously injured by a CN rail train in Burns Lake yesterday morning at approximately 4 a.m. RCMP were notified by CN officials of the accident. Burns Lake RCMP, the B.C. Ambulance Service and the Burns Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department attended the scene.
The young man was treated at Lakes District Hospital and transported by air ambulance to another facility for treatment where he is in critical condition with head trauma.
The accident occurred near the end of Government St. where it intersects with Third Ave. There is no rail crosswalk near the area, although a well-worn path exists on the other side of the tracks as a shortcut.
The young man has been identified as First Nation, said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, RCMP spokesperson. He is not believed to be from the Burns Lake area.
Further details are being withheld until the man’s family has been notified.
If anyone has any information related to this accident, they are asked to contact Burns Lake RCMP at 250-692-7171.