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The elder couple dies after the car hits the Langley train, says the fire officer

According to firefighters, an older couple died after their car hit a train in Langley.

Brian Godlonton, deputy commander of the Langley fire service, says the small, white car was hit around 9:30 am on the Langley ring road at Glover Road.

"As you can see, the car was pushed quite far down the rails," Godlonton told reporters Sunday afternoon at the scene of the accident.

The fire brigade were the first in the area and pulled two car victims. No passengers could be renewed and declared dead.

Ken Enns, a local resident, saw how the train pushed him. "It was pretty ugly," he said,

The train was a Canadian national rail freight train that worked on the Canadian stripes. He went to Roberts bank, loaded with charcoal, said Godlonton.

"Unfortunately, they happen too often," said Brian Godlonton, deputy commander of the fire department in Langley, about collisions of the car and train in Langley B.C. (Jon Hernandez / CBC)

Staff Sgt. David Brown with Langley RCMP says the intersection is well marked by flashing light and hands.

"We do not understand why the car cares about the tracks," he said.

Brown said the car seemed to be jammed between the railroad tracks, which dropped to stop the traffic and pulled it back.

Firefighters, police and nurses responded to the scene after 9:30 pm on Sunday, December 20, 2018. (Shane MacKichan)

Godlonton said that the area has more than 30 trains running every day. He agreed with Brown that traces are well marked.

June Fancello, who works at a local bakery, says he drives on a daily basis, comes and goes to work.

"Usually people are responsible drivers, I do not see any problems," Fancello said, describing the accident as "terrible."

There were other incidents on vehicles hit by trains at other intersections in Langley where they ride rails.

Godlonton told security officials from B.C. and Alberta has recently held a roundtable on rail safety.

As investigators continue to investigate the cause, he urged the drivers to be cautious.

"Everyone is hurrying to arrive where we are going, but you have to approach these railroad crosses with caution because, as you can see, the results are not great when anything collides with the train," he said.

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