A truck driver suffered bad luck when his semi-trailer slid off the East Perimeter Highway on Tuesday morning -- but the situation only got worse when his semi landed on railway tracks with a train coming.
The semi slid off the roadway, down an overpass embankment, over a ditch and ended up straddling a CP Rail line, where one of the truck's empty containers was hit by a train.
"Luckily, the train was slowing down as it entered the city," Springfield Fire Chief Dick Vlaming said.
"I think they were surprised to see a semi on the tracks but they couldn't stop in time."
The incident happened shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. The semi was heading south on the east Perimeter when it slid off just north of Gunn Road and, a few minutes later, was struck by a westbound CP Rail train.
"The driver (of the semi) was out by then but the trailer was badly damaged," Vlaming said.
He said the semi driver suffered minor bruises as a result of the bumpy ride as his rig slid off the roadway.
The driver was treated by Winnipeg paramedics and taken to hospital.