An investigation is underway into a Saturday night crash involving a minivan and a CN Rail train in the city’s southeast which sent the two occupants of the minivan to hospital.

Shortly after 9:00 P.M., the driver of a minivan travelling southbound on 68 St. S.E. attempted to cross the train tracks when his vehicle was struck on the passenger side by an oncoming eastbound train. The force of the impact sent the minivan spinning into a railway crossing signal before the vehicle came to a rest on the shoulder of the road.

The passenger in the minivan, a 22-year-old male, suffered a serious head injury and was transported by ambulance to the Foothills Hospital in critical condition. The minivan driver, a 22-year-old man, sustained major injuries and was transported to hospital.

The Calgary Police Service Traffic Unit is investigating the collision. Initial reports indicate the crossing signals were operational and police believe the minivan driver failed to obey the signal.

Speed and alcohol are not believed to have factored in the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service Traffic Unit, 403-567-4000.