‘No picture is worth a life’: South Glengarry railway tragedy part of Rail Safety Week

In this screen grab from Operation Lifesaver Canada, the life of Tristan Morrisette-Perkins is highlighted in a 2020 Rail Safety Week campaign. Morrissette-Perkins died in July 2017 after he and two friends were caught on a railway bridge in South Glengarry. (Operation Lifesaver Canada/YouTube via Newswatch Group)

SD&G – A railway tragedy in South Glengarry three years ago is highlighted in a law enforcement campaign around Rail Safety Week.

Operation Clear Track started Tuesday and runs through Sunday. This is the 17th annual Rail Safety Week.

Many law enforcement agencies are taking part in Eastern Ontario and across North America.

The collaboration between Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada is aimed at reducing railway crossing injuries and deaths in Canada and the United States. More than 2,100 people are killed or injured every year at crossings.

One of those tragedies happened three years ago near Lancaster.

Sixteen-year-old Tristan Morrisette-Perkins of Dorval died in July 2017 after he and two others were caught on a railway bridge over the Raisin River, a short distance away from the end of Celtic Lane.

The group had been taking pictures when a Via Rail passenger train approached. The two others survived.

In the video entitled “No picture is worth a life: The tragic consequences of taking photos on tracks,” two of his friends speak about his love of hockey and about losing their teammate so early in their lives. “I cherish all the memories I have with him. Life can be taken from someone so quickly. Just always make sure you’re safe,” Cam Sherrard recounts.

Watch the Tristan Morrisette-Perkins Rail Safety Week video below.

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