An elderly couple died after their car was hit by a train in Langley, according to firefighters.
Brian Godlonton, deputy chief of fire for the Langley Fire Rescue Service says that a small, white car was struck around 9:30 am PT by the Langley bypass on the Glover Road.
"As you can see the car is imposed quite a lot of ways along the tracks," Godlonton told reporters on Sunday afternoon at the scene of the accident.
The firefighters were the first in the area and withdrew the two victims from the car. Neither passengers were able to revive and be handed down dead.
Ken Ens, a local resident, saw that the car was pushing the train. "It was very ugly," he said,
The train was a freight train to Canadian National Rail Train, which operates on Canadian Pacific Railroads. She headed for Roberts Bank, loaded with coal, Goyolton said.
Staff Sgt. David Brown with Langley RCMP said the junction is well-marked with flashing lights and hands.
"We do not understand why the vehicle stopped on the trails," he said.
Brown said it appeared that the car got stuck between the hands of the train, which descended to stop the traffic and was pulled.
Godlonton said the area has more than 30 trains passing through each day. He agreed with Brown that the tracks are well marked.
Jun Fancello, who works in a local bakery, said he was driving through the roads daily, coming to and from work.
"Normally, people who are responsible drivers, I do not see that there are any problems," said Fancello, describing the crash as "terrible".
There were other incidents of vehicles that were hit by trains at other intersections in Langley, where the railroads were running.
Godlonton said security officials from B.C. and Alberta recently held a round table to address rail safety.
While the investigators continue to investigate the cause, he appealed to the drivers to be careful.
"Everyone is in a hurry to get to the place where we are going, but you need to carefully access these railway crossings, because as you can see the results are not great when something collides with the train," he said.