A drunken Alberta man in his 20s walked away without a scratch after being run over by 26 railcars in eastern B.C.
“It’s really quite a miracle,” said Sgt. Dave Dubnyk of the Elk Valley RCMP.
The young man, from Crowsnest Pass, was in Elk, B.C. — in the Rocky Mountains just west of the Alberta border — during the Victoria Day weekend. He had left a campsite and passed out on the railway tracks Sunday just around the time a CP Rail train came rolling in.
“He was laying between the railway ties and the train came around and (an engineer) saw him on the tracks and started blasting the horn and putting on the brakes,” Dubnyk said. “The person didn’t move and the train was unable to stop.”
By the time the train halted, 26 cars had run right over the sleeping man.
CP Rail staff ran to check up on him and tried to wake him up. After some failed attempts, the workers assumed he was dead. But one of the employees shook him and eventually woke him.
“He jumped up, he grabbed his beer and he carried on his way,” Dubnyk said.
He said the man’s small stature and being dead drunk helped him stay alive.
Officers located him at a campsite and took him into custody for public intoxication and held him until he was sober.
CP Railway Police will decide whether charges will be laid against the man.
This is the man’s second brush with death. During last year’s Victoria weekend, Dubnyk said a car apparently struck the man’s vehicle, pushing his vehicle onto him.