A man is dead and thousands of people are without power after an early-morning collision between a vehicle and a train in Abbotsford, B.C.

Police say a 36-year-old Abbotsford man was killed when his Volkswagen Jetta collided with an empty coal train north of the city at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

The train derailed in the collision, striking a number of hydro poles and knocking out power for thousands in the downtown and east parts of Abbotsford.

Police said the man was dead and his car destroyed when first responders arrived at the scene on Township Line Road’s 33000 block early Saturday.

Police said Saturday afternoon it could take several hours before power is restored to the affected hydro customers.

They also expect it will take time to clear the tracks of the derailed train.