A dog is a man's best friend. At least that was the case for a Surrey man hit by a train near Semiahmoo Park in White Rock, because he was trying to rescue his dogs. Thankfully, the 58-year-old man sustained non-life threatening injuries after the incident and his dogs were uninjured.

The train had been carrying crude oil tankers, and was attempting to stop just before the man ran onto the tracks. He managed to save his two unleashed dogs, who ran onto the tracks in front of the train, and was rushed to the hospital by BC Emergency Health Services, according to Global News

Surrey RCMP told CTV News that officers and emergency crews responded to the scene. They also received numerous 911 calls that day, as the area had drawn a crowd, because of Semiahmoo Days and White Rock Sea Festival. 

Gus Melonas, spokesperson for Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company, told CBC News, that the train was traveling at 32 kilometres per hour when the crews saw the man. The train’s whistle and bells were all working. “The crew went into an emergency brake situation to stop,” he said.

Melonas confirmed that no workers were injured during the incident. BNSF crews will be patrolling the area to ensure the public is aware that the area is an active rail line, and that people stay off the tracks. 

The train remained stopped for several hours after the incident, as police investigated. 

Anyone who witnessed the incident has been asked to contact Surrey RCMP with details.

This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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