Additional safety measures are being put in place at the pedestrian rail crossing in Ste. Anne.
This is where an 11-year-old girl was tragically hit and killed by a train last fall while crossing the tracks on her bike. Mayor Richard Pelletier says since then, they have been having discussions with CN Rail and Transport Canada to see what could be done to improve safety at that crossing. He notes a decision was made last week to install maze barriers on the sidewalk near the track.
"It’s on both sides so as soon as someone on a pedal bike is coming to cross the track, they have to go around the maze and we want them to get off the bike. They slow down, get off the bike and then they should be more aware of a train coming."
Meanwhile, Pelletier adds CN had their own recommendations which he says were not feasible for a small community like Ste. Anne.
Pelletier says there are other communities in Canada that have these barricades near pedestrian crossings and from what he has heard, it sounds like they are effective and adds council seems to think so as well.