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Published on Jun 7, 2010
Please be warned, this video contains graphic content and may be offensive or disturbing. This video depicts the awesome power and potential danger of trains.
A doe and her fawn were crossing the tracks near mile 5.8 on the CN Strathroy sub when a freight came around the corner. The mother side stepped the engine, but the fawn ran away from the train in the same direction as the train. Sadly, and despite the best efforts of the engineer to scare it away, it was struck. It appeared to be paralyzed, but it missed being hit by a train wheel. Maybe it's too bad that it didn't happen...
I phoned the OPP as soon as I got home to notify them of the incident. They said they would investigate and contact CN as well. I don't know what eventually happened, but I hope the poor thing didn't suffer for too long. A sad thing to witness indeed.
I'm happy my 19 month old son (held with my right arm) had his head buried in my chest with his hand over his ear because of the train horn, and he didn't see it happen.