Officials probe on-duty bus stopping on tracks with train approaching

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CN Rail police and Winnipeg Transit are investigating after a Transit bus got stuck on the tracks at Waverley Street last week as a freight train was coming down the line.

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CN Rail police and Winnipeg Transit are investigating after a Transit bus got stuck on the tracks at Waverley Street last week as a freight train was coming down the line.

A witness told the Free Press that just before noon on Oct. 27, the driver of a northbound Transit bus tried to beat the railway warning signals and charged across the double set of tracks, but heavy traffic in front of the bus forced it to stop with part of the rear of the bus over the tracks.

The engineering crew on the freight train applied the brakes to avoid hitting the bus. As the train was slowing down, the bus was able to pull away from the tracks when the light at Taylor Avenue turned green.

The witness said the eastbound train eventually stopped across Waverley and remained there until CN Rail crews arrived in a truck to inspect the situation.

The witness said the train resumed moving after about 10 minutes.

In an email to the Free Press, the witness said the Transit driver acted recklessly and endangered the lives of the riders.

“Being behind schedule or whatever is no excuse for what happened,” the witness said. “If the bus was hit, many passengers could have been killed and many other(s) injured. What was that driver thinking?”

CN Rail spokesman Warren Chandler confirmed a Winnipeg Transit bus occupied the tracks as the train was approaching but cleared before the train arrived.

Chandler said the train crew took the appropriate action they believed necessary to avoid a collision but added the train cleared the crossing without incident.

A spokeswoman for Transit said the service would not comment while the incident was under investigation.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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