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MEDIA ADVISORY

Emergency Exercise to Simulate GO Train Vehicle Collision

TORONTO: April 18, 2017 - On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in support of Operation Lifesaver’s Rail Safety Week, we will be conducting a rail safety simulation at a level rail crossing in Bradford West Gwillimbury. Metrolinx, along with our partners from South Simcoe Police, The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Bradford Fire & Emergency Services, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and Holy Trinity High School will participate in an emergency exercise that will simulate a train/vehicle collision. This exercise will not disrupt GO Train service.

Media is invited to observe as emergency responders deal with a simulated collision between a car and a southbound GO train. It is not an actual emergency. This exercise will demonstrate the hazards of both distracted driving and railway crossing hazards. During the simulation, the public will see student actors pretending to be injured and first responders and Metrolinx operations staff acting out the response protocol. A debriefing with students who participated will be held the following week to further underscore the importance of rail safety.

The exercise is a critical component of our Emergency Management program to test our emergency response preparedness

Prior to and following the exercise, Metrolinx Manager, Operational Support, Safety & Security will be available to answer questions from the media.

WHAT

Emergency Exercise: Simulated train/vehicle collision

WHEN

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Exercise 9: 00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Media availability at 8:00 am and 11:15 a.m.

WHERE

Level crossing at 20 Sideroad and the 12th Line of Bradford West Gwillimbury

WHO

Metrolinx Spokesperson: Steve Harvey, Manager, Operational Support, Safety Security

South Simcoe Police Constable Rich Williamson


For more information:
South Simcoe Police, contact Police Constable Rich Williamson at 905-775-3311 x2006


For media inquiries:
Metrolinx Spokesperson, Vanessa Barrasa, 416-230-3732 Vanessa.Barrasa(at)metrolinx.com