Teenager dies after being hit by CP Rail train in Bowness

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A teenager died Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a train in the Bowness neighborhood of northwest Calgary.

The teen was a student at Bowness High School, the Calgary Board of Education said in a note to the school community before police announced the student’s death.

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“Our thoughts are with the student and his family at this time,” CBE wrote.

The school will continue to hold its graduation events tomorrow, the board said. Classes had already been canceled Wednesday due to graduation and instruction resumed Thursday. Supports will be available to students when they return to school later in the week.

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The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon around 1:00 p.m. At approximately 1:20 p.m., police were called to a set of train tracks east of 85 Street NW, near the bridge, for reports that A teenager was hit by a CP Rail train, the Calgary Police Service said in a statement. to Postmedia.

Fire crews were called to the scene in case an extraction was necessary; however, they were not necessary, said Carol Henke, public information officer for the Calgary Fire Department.

Three teenagers were reportedly on the railroad bridge when the incident occurred, Henke said.

The teenager was taken to the hospital in serious and life-threatening condition. They later succumbed to his injuries and were pronounced deceased, CPS told Postmedia Tuesday night. Relatives have been notified, she said.

Police said the incident was not considered criminal in nature and therefore no further updates will be provided.

– Mackenzie Rhode Archives

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Person hit by CP Rail train in Bowness
First responders work at the scene where a teenager was hit by a CP Rail freight train near the railway bridge over the Bow River in Bowness on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Gavin Young/Postmedia Gavin Young/Postmedia
Person hit by CP Rail train in Bowness
A CP Rail train stops on the bridge over the Bow River in Bowness after the train struck a teenager on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Gavin Young/Postmedia

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