The van after the impact near the tracks. (Rosemary Wallace

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS: Three in van when train struck in rural Langley

A driver was unable to clear a crossing before her van was hit by a train.

A motorist wasn’t able to back off the train tracks fast enough to avoid being hit at a crossing at 248th Street and 70th Avenue Sunday evening.

An eastbound train was honking when a southbound vehicle was on the crossing at about 8:51 p.m. on July 16.

“They don’t think the van heard the horn,” explained Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy.

As the train neared, the driver tried to clear the crossing.

“The driver panicked and tried to back off the tracks,” she added.

The van contained three people. The two passengers were unharmed in the crash while the female driver sustained a minor injury.

 

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the collision of a van and a train in rural Langley on Sunday evening. (Rosemary Wallace photo)

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the collision of a van and a train in rural Langley on Sunday evening. (Rosemary Wallace photo)

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the collision of a van and a train in rural Langley on Sunday evening. (Rosemary Wallace photo)

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the collision of a van and a train in rural Langley on Sunday evening. (Rosemary Wallace photo)

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the collision of a van and a train in rural Langley on Sunday evening. (Rosemary Wallace photo)