A 77-year-old Surrey man is fortunate to be alive after his car was struck by a train east of Mission.
The man’s car became stuck on the train tracks at the crossing near Hawkins Pickle Road and Bell Road just after 3 a.m.
“The elderly male had the good sense to immediately get out of his vehicle when he saw the train approaching, preventing him from serious or fatal injuries,” said Mission RCMP Cpl. Sharon Siluch.
The train hit the Dodge Caravan, sending it 400 metres down the tracks, destroying it on impact.
The man told police that he had been driving, and had been lost for four hours when he became disoriented. He turned onto what he thought was a side road, when in fact, it was train tracks. When he tried to turn his vehicle around, he became stuck.
He was taken to hospital for precautionary measures.
Canadian Pacific Railway Police attended the scene and will be continuing with the investigation. Traffic in the area has been diverted but police expect it will clear soon.