An area man is lucky to be alive after his semi collided with a train west of Grenfell Thursday afternoon.
The accident happened at 5:15 July 7 five kilometres west of Grenfell.
Indian Head RCMP said the west bound CP Rail train collided with the westbound grain truck after it turned to go north onto the Tyree Road and was crossing the tracks at an uncontrolled crossing.
The train struck the trailer of the semi unit. The semi tractor unit ended up in the north ditch against one of the rail cars. One of the semi grain trailers ended up on the front train engine.
Thirty-one train cars derailed from the track as a result of the collision. The two CP Rail engines remained upright.
Police said none of the cars contained hazardous goods. Some of the cars were hauling grain and corn.
There were no injuries to either the train crew or the semi driver, and the collision is still under investigation.
CP Rail crews were busy Friday cleaning up the site and preparing to restore train traffic.
Cp. Devin Pugh of the Indian Head RCMP said on Friday the semi driver has been charged under the Traffic Safety Act with driving with Undue Care and Attention.
Indian Head and Broadview RCMP and the Grenfell Fire Department responded to the accident.