A 16-year-old male pedestrian has died as a result of his injuries after being struck by a freight train in Oshawa yesterday afternoon.
On Monday February 13, 2012 at approximately 3:11 p.m., officers from Central East Division attended the scene of a pedestrian struck by a CN freight train in the area of Wilson Road approximately 200 meters south of Bloor Street East in Oshawa. Officers and EMS personnel located the 16-year-old male youth from Oshawa, with life-threatening injuries. The victim was airlifted to a Toronto area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. His name has not been released.
Witnesses reported the victim had been walking northbound on the sidewalk along the east side of Wilson Road, approaching a level CN rail crossing. The rail crossing was equipped with automated traffic barriers, bells and lights which were fully activated at the time. The youth continued northbound entering the crossing unaware of the approaching eastbound train.
Trains approaching this crossing do not blow their whistle due to local bylaws. A pedestrian barrier is not in place at this location.
Members of the DRPS Traffic Services Branch, Collision Investigation Unit, attended the scene to conduct an investigation. The roadway was closed while evidence was collected. Officers will continue their investigation in an attempt to determine why the male was unaware of his surroundings at the time. Witnesses reported that texting and listening to music through headphones may have been a factor.