By SooToday.com StaffSooToday.comTuesday, May 09, 2006OPP NEWS RELEASE*********************
If they only knew how close they came to disaster
Heyden, Ont. - An engineer operating a train in Heyden had to go into an emergency stop yesterday after coming upon six off-road vehicles on the tracks.
At about 6 p.m. last night Sault Ste. Marie OPP received a call from CN Police that one of their trains was in the Heyden area where the tracks run parallel to Highway 17. The engineer suddenly came upon four ATVs and two off-road motorcycles on the tracks. The train operator was forced to attempt to make an emergency stop because it appeared that the six operators of the off-road vehicles were not aware of the train bearing down on them.
When the six drivers realized there was a train, they fled the area. Patrols of the area were made by the OPP but it appeared that they made good their escape. Sault Ste. Marie OPP would like to remind everyone that the train tracks are private property and that riding anything on the rail bed or the tracks is not only really dangerous but illegal.
Stay off the tracks !!
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