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Police Notebook: Train hits grader near Swalwell, injures driver

At about 6:15 a.m. on June 29, the Beiseker RCMP was dispatched to a collision involving a CN train and a Kneehill County road grader. The crash took place at the railway crossing on Township Road 30-0, near Swalwell.

At about 6:15 a.m. on June 29, the Beiseker RCMP was dispatched to a collision involving a CN train and a Kneehill County road grader.

The crash took place at the railway crossing on Township Road 30-0, near Swalwell.

The train’s conductor and engineer were not injured, but the driver of the grader suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported in stable condition to a hospital for further assessment.

The RCMP would like to remind all drivers to use caution when approaching unmarked railway crossings and to ensure they abide by all traffic control devices.

On June 27, Cochrane RCMP responded to a collision between a train and a truck on the Morley reserve.

The truck appeared to have been left on the tracks when a westbound train collided with it.

There was no one in the vehicle at the time of the collision and the crew on the train did not sustain any injuries.

The matter is still under investigation, but it appears that the driver of the truck attempted to cross the tracks and got stuck.

The occupants then left the vehicle behind.

Over the past few days, there have been a pair of incidents where two men approached people outside a Chestermere bank and a service station asking for money to purchase plane tickets to allow the men to return “home.”

The men described themselves as being in the fashion industry and claimed to have missed their flight to Toronto.

They had no funds and needed money for the rescheduling charges showing both a flight schedule and passport to the victims.

A promise was given to return the money later with false email contact information.

As a show of good faith, the men provided the victims with an “Armani” jacket, which is believed to be a fake.

The suspicious men are described as Caucasian with dark hair and skin.

One has a larger build and the smaller one wears glasses.

These men were driving a black 4x4 vehicle - either a Jeep or a Nissan Pathfinder.

The Chestermere Citizens On Patrol Association is looking for volunteers.

Chestermere COP is a group of concerned residents giving a little time back to the community.

The only requirements to be a COP member are that you be a resident of Chestermere, at least 18 years of age and can pass a basic RCMP screening.

Members volunteer four to six hours a month, patrolling the community in their vehicles in two-person teams.

They act as the eyes and ears reporting any suspicious activities, people or vehicles to the RCMP. They act in a passive role only and do not leave their vehicles.

With the summer season, many current members are going on holidays and COP is desperately short of volunteers.

This is an extremely rewarding position and also an excellent way to get to know Chestermere, other residents and your local RCMP members.

To learn more, please contact Alex or Dan at ccop11@yahoo.ca

If you have information on any crime, contact your local RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimestoppers.ab.ca Crime Stoppers provides rewards of up to $2,000.


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