A man and his dog were killed this morning when struck by a westbound CP freight train in Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood. A second dog was put down.
Emergency officials were called to the tracks at Shaftesbury Avenue between Ottawa Street and Summerhill Avenue, southeast of Yonge Street. and St. Clair Avenue East, at around 8 yesterday morning, said Sgt. Tim Burrows of Toronto police traffic services.
The dogs had been roaming the property off-leash when the westbound train approached on the northmost track, Burrows said. Their owner had been following a safe distance away, but scrambled to save the pups when they walked into the path of the oncoming train.
The man and one of the dogs were killed instantly, Burrows said. Another had to be put down by police.
Police have identified the victim as a 64-year-old man who lived nearby with his immediate family.
This marks the first train-related fatality of Toronto this year.
“This incident was absolutely preventable,” said Mike LoVecchio, CP’s senior manager of media relations, adding that fences that have prominent warning signs against the dangers of trespassing enclose the stretch of rail where the man was found.
“The fence is not the issue, the issue is trespassing,” said LoVecchio.