Former conductor warns after fatal Bowness train incident – Calgary

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A former train conductor is offering his condolences to the family of a 17-year-old who died after being struck by a train in northwest Calgary earlier this week.

Calgary police said the incident happened Tuesday afternoon on a train track east of 85th Street Northwest near a bridge in the northwest community of Bowness.

The teen, a student at Bowness High School, was taken to hospital in critical condition. He later died from his injuries.

Lou Schillaci, a former train conductor who worked on the railroad for decades, is reminding people to stay away from the tracks.

He said when a conductor sees someone on the tracks, there is often not enough time to stop.

“A normal sized train with 90 to 120 cars, traveling at 90 kilometers per hour, takes over a mile to come to a stop once emergency breaks are in place,” he said.

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Schillaci offered his condolences to the teen’s family and said incidents like this can have a lasting impact on those involved, their families and passengers on the train.

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“When you see it, when it happens, it’s just traumatic for the crew,” he said.

“I’ve known some who could never go back when they were involved in something like this.”

After a train stops, Schillaci says the conductor is often the first on the scene.

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“That’s something that will never go away. They will dream about it and have nightmares about it,” he said.

CPKC has erected fences and warning signs around the tracks to keep people out of the area, hoping to discourage the practice.

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“The tragic accident Tuesday on the railway bridge remains under investigation,” Patrick Waldron, a spokesperson for the CPKC, told Global News on Wednesday.

but it doesn’t stop spectators from returning to the scene of the accident.

Schillaci said people should stay away.

“You won’t find a seasoned railroad worker walking down the middle of the tracks,” he said

“We will never get between those rails.”

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