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Workers Respond to Serious Auto Accident

Helping out during a serious auto accident were (l to r) signalmen Murray Blancher, John Millar, Jason Clark, Ryan Martz and Ryan Barker; Lead Hand Rick Smith; Signalman Andrew Robb and Foreman James Lyons. (Not pictured: Signalman Jay Alves.)

After a serious car accident in Oshawa, ON, a group of PNR RailWorks Signals & Communications employees was among the first to help.

Nine on- and off-duty S&C crew members responded, providing manpower and equipment after a single-vehicle wreck on a busy highway across from their hotel. The accident occurred on Highway 401, also known as the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, near Stevenson Road.

When someone noticed gasoline leaking from the wrecked car, which was overturned in a ditch with the occupants apparently trapped inside, employees quickly grabbed fire extinguishers, lining bars and traffic control signs. They flagged traffic to allow emergency vehicles access, stood ready with the extinguishers and helped paramedics pry open crushed vehicle doors in order to remove a man and woman, both elderly and badly injured. 

Helping out that day were signalmen Jay Alves, Andrew Robb, Murray Blancher, John Millar, Jason Clark, Ryan Martz and Ryan Barker; Lead Hand Rick Smith and Foreman James Lyons.