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Man's vehicle struck in Severn Township

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times


A 62-year-old man is dead after the vehicle he was in was struck by a train early Tuesday morning in Severn Township.

Police have not released the man's name.

“We want to make sure all the (family) notification has been done,” Orillia OPP Const. Shannon Petryshyn said Tuesday. “I can say he's not a local man. He's not from the Orillia area.”

At about 2 a.m., Orillia OPP officers responded to the scene of a collision between a Canadian Pacific (CP) train and a vehicle in the area of Upper Big Chute Road and White Pines Road.

The incident was reported by CP.

“They called us when they saw the vehicle on the tracks,” Petryshyn said.

The vehicle was on the tracks when it was struck by the northbound train.

Because it takes a long time for a train to come to a complete stop, emergency crews had to walk more than one kilometre from the crash site to where the train and truck ended up, Petryshyn said.

“The vehicle was pushed by the train until the train actually came to a stop,” she said. “All of the personnel attending had to walk alongside of the tracks to get to that point where it actually did come to a stop. It was quite a ways.”

Along with police, Severn firefighters, paramedics, CP police and others responded to the collision.

The regional coroner and the OPP technical traffic collision investigation unit also attended the scene.

No one on the train was injured.

CP is assisting in the investigation “any way they can,” said Petryshyn, adding the police investigation will include speaking to the man's family, results from the post-mortem examination and then piecing everything together.

The autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

Upper Big Chute Road was closed, but has since reopened.

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