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Cyclist fighting for his life after being hit by train (updated)

Edinburgh Road was closed between Crimea Street and Waterloo Avenue as police investigated
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Police closed off Edinburgh Road, between Crimea Street and Waterloo Avenue for an investigation along the train tracks early Thursday evening.

A Guelph man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a collision between a cyclist and a train early Thursday evening.

The incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. at the rail tracks on Edinburgh Road between Crimea Street and Waterloo Avenue. Police closed that section of road for more than three hours to investigate.

According to a police news release, a 31-year-old cyclist was southbound when he was struck by a westbound train. He was taken to a Hamilton trauma centre by air ambulance.

Caution tape was strung across the street on both sides of the tracks, with items sitting on the roadway, including two shoes and what appears to be a backpack.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the cyclist southbound on Edinburgh Road just before the collision, is asked to call Const. Michael Braga of the Guelph Police Service traffic unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7144 or email mbraga@guelphpolice.ca.