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Light-rail transit train derails during morning rush; driver hurt

Fire crews used hydraulic equipment to pull driver from wreckage


CALGARY (The Canadian Press) — The driver of a Calgary Transit train has been seriously injured in a derailment that happened during the morning rush.

The C-train derailed at the Tuscany station at about 7 a.m.

The above-ground station is at the end of the LRT system’s northwest line.

An early report from the fire department said five other people were on the train.

But a release from the City of Calgary says there were two passengers, who were assessed at the scene.

Carol Henke with the Calgary fire department says the train failed to stop at the end of the line and ran off the rails.

“We don’t know why at this point, but the C-Train did not stop at the designated stop and kept going and the track ends there,” Henke said. “The C-Train derailed because the track ended.

“It was the end of the line. It was the last stop northbound on that LRT line.”

Henke said firefighters needed hydraulic equipment to remove the driver from the wreckage.

“The driver was trapped and needed to be extricated by fire crews.”

EMS tweeted that the patient was taken to hospital in serious condition.

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