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Chilliwack man killed by CN freight train

RCMP officers survey the scene where a man was hit and killed by a train at Young Road early Wednesday morning. - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS
RCMP officers survey the scene where a man was hit and killed by a train at Young Road early Wednesday morning.
— image credit: JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

A 49-year-old Chilliwack man was struck by a CN freight train and killed instantly early Wednesday morning, about 200 metres west of the railway crossing at Young Road.

"At this point in the investigation it is not appearing to look suspicious," Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth said.

Chilliwack RCMP were called to the scene at about 5:24 a.m.

CN's spokesperson in Vancouver the freight train was heading westbound at the time of the incident, but she could not say whether the engineer had a chance to see the man on the tracks, or to blow the train's whistle.

Hollingsworth was also unable to confirm what the man was doing on the tracks.

"We're not sure of all the details yet," she said. "The investigation continues."

Roads had been closed at Young Road and Broadway Avenue and traffic rerouted, but they are now open.

Watch www.theprogress.com for further information.

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