Burlington teen Killed by westbound GO train between Appleby and Burlington stations.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  August 29, 2012   Burlington experienced its first rail based fatality Tuesday evening when a youth was struck by a locomotive on a westbound GO train at approximately 11:45 pm.

Halton Regional Police are investigating the death of a teenaged boy trespassing on the GO train Lakeshore West line in Burlington.

Some 400 passengers were kept aboard a westbound GO train late Tuesday evening while police and emergency services investigated a track-side fatality.

The train had about 400 passengers and 3 crew and was traveling between the Burlington and Appleby GO stations when the 17 yr old male was struck by the locomotive.  The train came to a safe stop and no injuries were reported on the train.

Emergency services were called to the scene and the male was found deceased on the tracks.  The Halton Regional Police Collision Reconstruction Unit took charge of the investigation with assistance from GO Transit Safety Officers and CN Police.

Police will not be releasing the name of the teen.  His next-of-kin are currently in the process of being notified.

The large group of passengers, many on their way home from various events in Toronto, were contained within the passenger compartments for about an hour and forty five minutes until it was safe to move the train to the Burlington station.  Rail service for passenger and freight trains was delayed on this rail line for approximately one hour.

This is the first train fatality to be investigated by the Collision Reconstruction Unit  for 2012.  The last fatality involving a train occurred on October 27th, 2011 when an Oakville teen, also 17, was stuck by a Toronto bound Amtrak train near Speers Road and Fourth Line in Oakville.

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