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Woman dead after semi-truck and train crash in Maple Ridge

A fatal train collision in Maple Ridge claimed the life of a woman Thursday evening.

A woman is dead after a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi-truck, SUV and train in Maple Ridge on Thursday evening. 

Ridge Meadows RCMP responded to a report of a flatbed truck colliding with a black SUV after the truck was struck by an oncoming train on Lougheed Highway.

The collision took place just before 6 p.m. 

Police believe the flatbed truck was allegedly attempting to cross the train tracks when the back of the flatbed was struck by a train.

"The impact of the train colliding with the truck resulted the truck striking the SUV that was attempting to cross the tracks in the opposite direction, trapping the driver inside the SUV,” says Cpl. Julie Klaussner in a statement.

Firefighters had to extricate the woman who was trapped inside the SUV after it rolled in the crash. 

A news release notes the highway was closed to allow air ambulance to transport the woman to hospital; however, the transport was called off after the woman died on scene. 

"The Road Safety Target Team (RSTT) are still in the early stages of the investigation and there are no further details available at this time,” says Klaussner. 

RCMP and the Serious Crimes Unit were also called in to assist.

Police are asking anyone with information or dashcam footage from the area of 27200-block Lougheed Highway to contact Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251.