06/06/2013 07:15 EDT | Updated 08/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Youth, 17, sideswiped by train on Montreal's West Island

A 17-year-old youth is in stable condition in a Montreal hospital after he was struck by a train while walking along the tracks in Pointe-Claire, on Montreal's West Island, this afternoon.

Urgences-Santé said the teen was rushed to hospital with injuries to his face and one side of his body.

Officials say he was conscious and alert, but called the injuries life-threatening.

It's not clear what kind of train was involved.

The accident and its investigation closed the Highway 20 West exit ramp at Cartier Boulevard and delayed train service through the late afternoon commute.

The Highway 20 West ramp re-opened just after 6 p.m.