Train vs wheelchair fatality

One person is dead after a collision between a train and pedestrians in Chilliwack Saturday evening.

The victim was apparently in a wheelchair or scooter that got stuck on the tracks.

About 5:30 p.m., RCMP responded to the scene on the 9000 block of Broadway Street.

Officers arrived to find one person dead and a second with non-life-threatening injuries, who was taken to hospital by paramedics.

One witness told CTV she saw two women trying to get someone off the tracks after a wheelchair or scooter became stuck. They were unable to get the person free, and jumped out of the way as the westbound train approached.

One of the women was struck in the arm.

Police had the area surrounding the rail crossing cordoned off late Saturday as they investigated the scene.

They are urging anyone with information to contact Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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