A 19-year-old Maple Ridge man is in critical condition after being hit by a train Friday at about 2 a.m.
Ridge Meadows RCMP first got a call at about 1:10 a.m., when a Mazda 3 hit a Hydro box and rolled over and crashed at 201st Street and 112th Avenue.
Police got to the scene, but found the vehicle abandoned. Then about an hour later, they got a call about a train on the CP tracks hitting a pedestrian near the 203rd Street crossing in Hammond.
The man hit by the train was related to the owner of the Mazda 3, said RCMP.
“Maple Ridge Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance Service personnel had to extract the victim and he was rushed to hospital with possible life threatening injuries,” said Insp. Dan Splinter.
“The victim is related to the owner of the car, but it has not been determined if he had been in the car at the time it rolled over or not.”
RCMP looking for pickup driver
Ridge Meadows RCMP are trying to track down the driver of a black pickup truck who called out to a child on Ritchie Avenue and 228th Street at about 6 p.m., Tuesday night.
Const. Amanda Harnett said that a group of kids were playing outside when the man called out to one of the children. This frightened the child who ran to a neighbour’s house.
“The male did not get out of the truck or make any physical attempt to make contact with the child but police would like to speak to the male to understand his intentions,” said Harnett.
The man is described as in his 50s, wearing a grey beard and red turban. The truck is a newer model extended cab.
Child survives fall from window
Ridge Meadows RCMP issued a warning Thursday after a young child fell through an second-storey window in an apartment block on 191B Street in Pitt Meadows.
He or she wasn’t hurt, but such a fall easily could have led to serious injury, said Insp. Dan Splinter.
If windows are left open, it should be secured with a space small enough so a child can’t fit through the opening.
“Remove all furniture from under windows where young children might climb up. This includes keeping beds away as well,” he said.
“Curtain chords should not be reachable by a young child, so these should all be tied up, or put out of their reach.
Splinter added that parents should make regular checks of their homes.
“A moment of prevention can certainly go a long way in preventing a tragedy.”
While paramedics were responding to an overdose at the Cliff Avenue homeless camp Wednesday, their help was also needed a few blocks away on the Haney Bypass following a motorcycle-SUV collision.
Ridge Meadows RCMP say that a cruiser-type motorcycle was in collision with an SUV driven by an 89-year-old driver at 227th Street and the bypass.
The biker suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Police didn’t have age or residence of the motorcyclist.