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Busy Weekend for Cochrane Emergency Services

Cochrane, AB – On Sunday July 19, 2015 at 10 am Cochrane RCMP responded to an incident on the CP rail bridge 1 kilometer west of West Point in Cochrane AB. 2 males aged 49 and 45 from Cochrane, were walking east bound on the railway tracks , when they encountered a west bound train. The 2 males ran back west bound, and narrowly avoided being struck by the train.  The 2 males were walking 2 dogs, 1 dog was struck by the train and died. One of the males sustained minor injury to his arm when he jumped clear of the tracks.  RCMP and CP Rail Police are continuing to Investigate the incident and charges could be laid. This is the second incident involving pedestrians on the railway tracks in Cochrane within a week. The RCMP are reminding people to refrain from walking on the rail tracks as it is private property, it is extremely dangerous, and could result in charges under the Railway Act or the Trespass act.
On Sunday July 19, 2015 at 5pm Cochrane RCMP responded to a 3 vehicle collision at highway 22 and Balsam Avenue in Bragg Creek. A north bound motorcycle on Hwy 22, collided with a vehicle turning left from Balsam Avenue onto Highway 22. The turning vehicle then collided with a stationary vehicle in traffic which was traveling south bound on Highway 22. The driver of the motorcycle, a 44 year old male was transported to the hospital for treatment with non life threatening injuries.  Alcohol and speed are not considered a factor in the incident. Traffic volumes at the time were high, which was congesting traffic at the intersection.  A charge of unsafe left turn ware pending.
Also on the 19th at 5:30 PM, RCMP and EMS responded to a two vehicle MVC near Horse  Creek road.  A pick up truck up and car where both east bound on Hwy 1a, when the truck slowed due to heavy volume. The car ran into the back of the truck, causing the air bags to go off of the car.  EMS and FIRE attended the scene and both Occupants, a 70 yr old female from Airdrie, in the Civic, suffered seriously injuries. Both  were transported to Foothills Hospital via ambulance. A 28 yrs old male and  23 yr old female occupants of truck, both from Airdrie, sustained only minor injuries and were treated on scene and released.  Alcohol is not considered a factor in the collision and the RCMP is still investigating.

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