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By: Grant Burr
Posted: 09/15/2017 11:45 PM
A 11-year-old girl from Ste Anne died on Friday after being struck by a train at a rail crossing in the west end of the community near the Ste Anne Hotel.
Mayor Richard Pelletier said the girl was riding her bike and wearing headphones as she crossed the tracks.
"It's definitely upsetting. It's so sad to see an accident like that with a young girl. The whole town has been shook up," he said.
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. STARS air ambulance was called to the scene but was stood down enroute.
The location has been the site of fatal collisions in the past. Pelletier noted the crossing underwent a redesign about three years ago to improve safety.
Ste Anne Police are leading the investigation into the death with the assistance of CN Police. Pelletier said once that investigation is completed he expects the town will work with CN to consider whether further improvements are necessary to prevent an incident like this one from happening again.
The mayor said he expects the community to come together to support the family in their time of grief but at the moment the community remains in shock.
"I have five kids. If I'd lost one like that, I'd be destroyed," he said.
CN said in a statement the company's thoughts and prayers were with the victim and her family.
Update: Corrects age of victim.
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