Crews were seen installing fencing near a set of train tracks in Mississauga, Ontario. Wednesday morning, just over 12 hours after a young child was struck and killed by a GO train in the area.
Emergency services were called to the scene at Dundas Street and Cawthra Road at approximately 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The Mississauga Fire first confirmed that a child had been struck by a passing train. The boy, believed to be four years old, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 9 p.m.
A spokesman for Metrolinx, which operates the GO Train service, said in a statement late Tuesday that about 300 passengers were on board the train when the boy was hit.
“We are providing grief counselors for our team and staff investigating the scene,” James Wattie said at the time. “We also understand that the incident has been very upsetting for customers on board. We encourage them to seek any mental health support in the community that they may need.”
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It is not clear how the boy came to be in the path of the train at the time of the collision or where exactly they gained access to the tracks. However, area residents who spoke to CP24 afterward said that the lack of barriers on the train tracks is a known problem.
To that end, crews were seen putting up fencing Wednesday morning in an area near the tracks that appeared to be clear.
Crews install fencing near a section of railroad tracks in Mississauga, Ontario. on July 27, 2022.
Previously, the only barrier restricting access to the tracks at that location was a “no trespassing” sign.
An unobstructed area near a set of train tracks in Mississauga, Ontario. is seen on July 27, 2022.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing and this morning Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney offered her condolences to the victim’s family.
“I spoke with the CEO of Metrolinx who informed me that his team is assisting with the ongoing investigation,” Mulroney said in a tweet.
While police have not released the age of the child involved in the crash, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a tweet posted Tuesday night that she was “absolutely devastated” to learn of the “death of a child of four years”.
“The loss of a child is nothing short of a tragedy and my heart goes out to his family and loved ones as they mourn this unspeakable and immeasurable loss,” Crombie wrote.
CTV News Toronto has reached out to Metrolinx to see if there are plans to erect more fencing along the route in the near future, but has yet to hear back.