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One of workers hit by train released from hospital

Credits: David Bloom/Edmonton Sun/ QMI Agency

PAMELA ROTH | QMI AGENCY

EDMONTON – One of the three men struck by a train on Boxing Day in northeast Edmonton is expected to be released from hospital.

In a written statement issued Thursday, the employer of the three CN contract workers, A & B Rail Services, said two of the employes remain in stable condition with serious injuries, but a third employee is expected to be released later today.

President Paul Brum said the company has been more than preoccupied with the injured workers, their families and staff regarding the "serious" incident -- the first the company has ever been involved with.

"Every single employee of A & B Rail is extremely upset by the incident and our hearts and thoughts are with the injured workers and their families," said Brum in an email. "Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with them and their loved ones."

The three employees were struck by a train around 9 a.m. Wednesday while clearing snow from the railroad switches near a crossing at Meridian St. and Hater Rd.

Police at the scene said the train was travelling at about 40 km/hr when it approached the area the workers were conducting the routine maintenance work for CN Rail. The engineer blew the train whistle, but didn't get a response from the workers because they were wearing hearing protection and had snowblowers going.

Occupational Health and Safety is now leading the investigation.

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