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Tuesday March 6th, 2012

Posted at 10:25am

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Renaud Line in Lakeshore (Google Street View)

Earlier today, a 56-year-old Windsor woman was driving her vehicle on Renaud Line in Lakeshore when she noticed she was on the wrong road, and then proceeded to turn around at the Via Rail tracks.

In the process of turning, her wheels became lodged within the tracks and the vehicle was stuck. Officer Blake Cohoe of the Lakeshore Detachment responded to the scene while the OPP Communication Centre was attempting to notifying VIA Rail authorities.

When officer Cohoe arrived he noticed the lights of an east bound train coming towards them. In an attempt to warn the conductor, he activated the emergency lights of his cruiser.

As a result of these actions, the conductor assumed something was wrong and began to slow down the cargo train, and came to a stop.

The conductor of the cargo train indicated that if not for the sight of the emergency lights, he would have been unaware of the stranded vehicle, and a crash would have ensued. Police report that a Via Rail passenger train had just passed Renaud Line approximately ten minutes prior.

A tow truck was required to remove the vehicle from the railway. No one was injured and no damage reported. Sargent Rick Tonial of the OPP says that Officer Cohoe and the train conductor will be recognized for their exceptional actions.

The 56 yrs old female has been charged with performing an illegal U-turn contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

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