TSB says derailed train began to move on its own

Mae Love
February 7, 2019

It's very specific and if you do one wrong move, you're done for.' The employee said that protocol dictates an emergency brake be applied if a train reaches 3 miles per hour over the limit on that stretch of track, suggesting that cold weather or a mechanical failure may have been a factor. Field is just west of Banff along the Trans-Canada Highway, near the B.C. -Alberta border.

"The TSB is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a Canadian Pacific train derailment near Field, British Columbia", reads a statement.

The accident occurred at 2:10 a.m. local time (0910 GMT) when a train carrying 40 to 60 grain hopper cars derailed near Field, British Columbia, the TSB spokesman said.

The three crew members were in the front locomotive which was "severely damaged in the derailment".

The westbound freight jumped the tracks at about 1 a.m. near Field, B.C.

The other men killed in the crash were conductor Dylan Paradis and engineer Andrew Dockrell. "We don't know at this point when there was a loss of control, its still so early, we've got a lot of work to determine the sequence of events that took place".

"He was such a bright and young person just starting his life out in a new career", said Laird.

The employee said that protocol dictates an emergency brake be applied if a train reaches five kilometres over the limit on that stretch of track, suggesting that means cold weather or a mechanical failure may have been a factor.

The engineer had more than two decades of railway experience, according to union spokesman Greg Edwards.

The derailment sounds "eerily similar" to the 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster in Quebec in that both involved a freight train rolling down a grade, said Garland Chow, a professor with transportation expertise at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business.

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The union representing the workers, Teamsters Canada, said its focus now is on remembering the victims but is calling for change from the federal government on rail-related crashes.

The union said the crew - a locomotive engineer, a conductor and a conductor trainee - was based out of Calgary. "We're hoping to do an update (Tuesday) in Calgary". The accident prompted union leaders to demand action in the wake of a mounting death toll on railway workers. Investigations into those deaths are ongoing.

He says the situation is being monitored and there is no immediate word of fuel or other contaminants entering the water.

A second CP Rail source confirmed the train's speed when exiting the tunnel was well beyond the mandated limits.

"The extent of the environmental impact of the derailment is now unknown".

CP Rail said it's also working with Parks Canada to ensure the environment isn't negatively affected as it begins the hard process of removing the wreckage from the remote location.

Dan lived and worked in Victoria for around three years, before leaving to start his dream job as a conductor with CP rail. Other investigating agencies include Transport Canada under an extended jurisdiction agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada - Labour Program, and the BC Coroner's office.

"At the end of the day, the human aspect of it is far greater than anything else right now". Three employees died in the derailment.

"Everybody thinks that freight trains are like the SkyTrain, like there's nobody on it and it's push a button and go, but there's a human side to that".

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