Tragic scene at derailment (BC)
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Greg Edwards with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference says the workers killed in a major derailment near Field had just taken over the train east of the town.
“Everybody I've spoken with both within the company and within the union is just devastated by this,” he said. “It's just terrible, terrible news.”
Two of the men were found outside and the other was still inside.
“I got the call in the middle of the night, and it's one of the worst calls that you want to take.”
The union said the crew — a locomotive engineer, a conductor and a conductor trainee — was based out of Calgary. Edwards said the engineer had more than two decades of railroad experience.
The train had three locomotives and 112 cars and was carrying grain to Vancouver.
Edwards said it would be tough for equipment and recovery crews to get access to the ravine near the Spiral Tunnels where the accident happened. The tunnels were built 110 years ago to help trains traverse the treacherously steep Kicking Horse Pass.
UPDATE 11:02 a.m.
A British Columbia Environment Ministry spokesman says between 30 and 40-grain cars left the tracks in the derailment.
David Karn said the ministry has been told the train's locomotive is in the Kicking Horse River.
He said the situation is being monitored and there is no immediate word of fuel or other contaminants entering the water.
Three crew members died in the crash
Salem Woodrow said in a statement Monday that there will be a full investigation to determine what caused the derailment.
“It is with great sadness that CP reports that three crew members on board were fatally injured in the incident. Our condolences and prayers go out to their families, friends, and colleagues.”
UPDATE: 9 a.m.
Three crew members of a Canadian Pacific freight train have died in a derailment near the Alberta-British Columbia boundary.
A spokesman with the railway confirms the crew members died when the westbound freight jumped the tracks at about 1 a.m. MT near Field, B.C.
Salem Woodrow says there will be a full investigation to determine what caused the derailment.
British Columbia's Environment Ministry confirms between 30 and 40 grain cars are off the tracks
David Karn also says the ministry has been told the locomotive is in the Kicking Horse River.
He says the situation is being monitored and there is no immediate word of fuel or other contaminants entering the water.
– The Canadian Press
UPDATE: 8:45 a.m.
Three people are now confirmed dead after the CP Rail derailment near Field British Columbia. Transportation Safety crews have been dispatched to investigate. The train left the tracks sometime Sunday night.
ORIGINAL: 7:20 a.m.
A Transportation Safety Board of Canada team has been sent to Field, British Columbia to investigate a train derailment that happened overnight.
The TSB says a Canadian Pacific train derailed near the community and that a crew has been sent to gather information and assess the situation.