Despite warning bells, lights, gates and horn, a pedestrian was struck by a train Friday near the entrance to the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Grounds.
A large group of people were near the tracks at the intersection of 25 Avenue and MacLeod Trail South just before 11 p.m.
Police say a 39-year-old man walked past several of the stopped pedestrians directly in front of the train.
The driver of the train honked the horn and immediately began emergency braking.
It was unable to stop in time and hit the pedestrian.
The speed of the train was well below the allowable maximum for this location, police note.
The man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening head injuries.
Police believe alcohol was a factor in the incident.
Any witnesses areasked to contact Constable Keith Peters 403-567-4000.