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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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No one hurt after CP Rail train collides with semi truck in Sparwood, BC

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SPARWOOD, BC – Luckily no injuries after a fiery crash Friday morning between a semi-truck and a train just across the border in Sparwood, BC.

The locomotive was crossing at Michel Creek Road in Sparwood around 8:00 am when the tractor experienced some sort of mechanical failure and stopped on the tracks. An incoming train then hit the truck, dragging it about 150 metres down the tracks.

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks says westbound CP Rail train was unable to stop in time and made a full impact with the truck.

“The driver of the tractor was able to get out of the tractor, did not sustain any injuries, although I’m sure he’s shaken up and was able to do something that was very good on his part. He was able to disconnect the trailer before the train hit the tractor so that it didn’t drag the trailer as well down the tracks,” stated Wilks.

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Michel Creek Road serves as the main intersection to get to Teck’s Elkview Operations.

“Be aware when you’re crossing train tracks, things can happen very quickly,” added Wilks. “In this case, it was very fortunate that the driver of the tractor unit was aware of his condition and was able to get out of the way in time but be aware when you are crossing train tracks.”

(Story credit to MyEastKootenaNow.com in Cranbrook)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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