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Man walking on tracks killed by GO train

Patti-Ann Finlay
Tuesday, April 25, 2000

About 2,500 commuters were delayed for three hours yesterday after a GO Transit train bound for Richmond Hill struck and killed a man.

The accident happened in the Don Valley south of Eglinton Avenue East at about 4:30 p.m. The train was about 12 kilometres from Union Station on the way to its first stop, Oriole.

A man “was walking northbound along the track bed,” Toronto Police Sergeant Bruce Warren said. “The GO train engineer saw him, sounded his horn and applied his emergency brakes but was unable to avoid striking the man.”

The man’s name and age were not immediately known. “The body was in such a condition that it was hard to identify,” Sgt. Warren said.

GO rerouted its 5 and 5:30 p.m. Richmond Hill trains to the Bradford line, bypassing Oriole and Old Cummer and reconnecting to the Richmond Hill line at Langstaff.

Because of the terrain, ambulance crews had to drive on the railway bed and police had to walk to reach the accident site, Constable David Jones of Traffic Services said.