A 27-year-old man literally walked away with only minor injuries after being struck by a CP Rail train Sunday afternoon.
On April 12 at approximately 4 p.m., Salmon Arm RCMP officers were notified by CP Rail, that a train had struck a male on the tracks near Narcisse Street.
Police attended the scene along with other emergency agencies. Their investigation revealed the man, from Surrey, was travelling through the area and decided to sit on the tracks to view the lake scenery.
He was intoxicated and appears to have fallen asleep on the tracks.
The man was struck by the train, which was unable to stop in time, and suffered non-life threatening injuries to his hand and other abrasions.
The unnamed man was transported to Shuswap Lake General Hospital for treatment.
CP Police have taken over the investigation and it is not known if any citations will be handed out.
“RCMP wish to remind the public that, for obvious reasons, walking or sitting on rail tracks is not only inherently dangerous, but is considered trespassing when not on a marked crossing,” said Sgt. Andrew Hunter in a press release.