Train Hits Car Stuck In The Snow
Bracebridge OPP responded to reports of a vehicle that had been struck by a train, in Muskoka Lakes Township on Saturday.
Police were called to the area after an overly adventurous ice fisherman attempted to drive down a seasonal, unmaintained access road to the lake.
Police say the road conditions deteriorated to the point where the driver was forced to turn back and then became stuck, unfortunately at a rail crossing.
Inevitably, a slow moving train happened by and a collision ensued. No one was hurt in the slow speed collision but specialized rail equipment had to be used to remove the damaged vehicle from the rail line.
Police remind motorists in the Muskoka area that some of our roads are designated "summer maintained" which means they are not sanded, salted or plowed in the winter. Deep snow, ice and fallen debris make these roads impassable to even highly capable off road vehicles and passage should not be attempted. Furthermore, roads that have been groomed into snowmobile trails are off limits to all vehicles except snowmobiles.