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VIA Rail employee injured following mishap at Truro terminal

A VIA Rail passenger train is seen sitting at the Truro terminal on Friday afternoon. An incident at the terminal earl
A VIA Rail passenger train is seen sitting at the Truro terminal on Friday afternoon. An incident at the terminal earl - Harry Sullivan

TRURO, N.S.

A 63-year-old VIA Rail employee was transported to hospital in Halifax Friday afternoon with life-threatening injuries after being run over by a passenger train at the Truro station.

Truro Police chief Dave MacNeil said the incident occurred when a northbound train from Halifax slowed as it approached the Truro terminal.

“A long-time VIA rail employee went to step off the train, like he probably did a million times before, and somehow went under the train,” MacNeil said.

MacNeil said he could not be specific about the extent of injuries because he was not sure if the man’s family had been notified.

“Suffice to say they were life-threatening injuries,” he said. “Luckily one of our officers was on foot patrol right on Inglis (Street) and was able to get there within 30 seconds and they administered a tourniquet to the gentleman. And, I do believe it saved his life, to be honest.”

MacNeil said the incident is being investigated by the Department of Labour.

By late afternoon, the train was still at the scene, and was marked off with yellow police tape.

VIA Rail and CN police and officials were also on hand along with the Truro police and an EHS supervisor.

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