A train and a pickup truck collided at a railway crossing in Hay River on the morning of March 11.

No serious injuries were reported in the incident.

Ross Potter, the director of protective services with the Town of Hay River, said the driver of the pickup truck had a sore leg after the incident.

“It’s just a bruise, hopefully,” said Potter.

A passenger in the vehicle was uninjured.

The collision happened at a crossing on Balsam Drive as it meets the Mackenzie Highway. Balsam Drive is an access to the residential area known as 553.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene at 7:32 a.m.

The Ford F150 was damaged on the front driver’s side.

A pickup truck was damaged when it collided with a train at a railway crossing in Hay River on the morning of March 11. Hay River Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Small pieces of the vehicle were scattered on the railway tracks, and a wheel lay on the ground nearby. The airbags had also been deployed in the vehicle.

Based on the accident scene, Potter determined that the train – made up of four connected locomotives – was apparently heading south on the tracks and the truck was coming out of the 553 area.

Like most of the crossings in Hay River, there are no lights, barriers or stop signs where the tracks cross Balsam Drive, just a railway crossing sign. There is a stop sign where Balsam Drive meets the Mackenzie Highway.

Trains moving through Hay River sound their horns when approaching crossings, and have a speed limit of 10 miles per hour in the community.

There is not a lot of train traffic in Hay River. CN has previously said that one train per day uses the tracks.

An investigation of the March 11 incident will be the responsibility of CN.

Potter offered some general advice for motorists.

1103tra!_new A train and a pickup truck collided at a railway crossing in Hay River on the morning of March 11. Hay River Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

“Whenever you’re crossing railway tracks, take a look both ways to ensure nothing is coming at you,” he said.

Potter noted collisions between trains and motor vehicles are “extremely rare” in Hay River.

Paul Bickford

Paul Bickford is the reporter for Hay River Hub.

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