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TSB says derailed train began to move on its own

Last Updated Feb 5, 2019 at 5:46 pm PDT


Conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer were killed in the derailment

Teamsters Canada says eight people have died in incidents in the last year, calling for more action

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Investigators say a Canadian Pacific freight train was parked and began to move on its own before it derailed and killed three crew members on the Alberta-British Columbia boundary.

The Transportation Safety Board says the westbound train had been parked on a grade for two hours near Field, B.C., when the westbound train started rolling.

The board says the crew had just boarded the train but weren’t yet ready to depart.

It says the train gained speed well in excess of the 32 km/h maximum for the tight turns in the mountain pass.

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Some 99 cars carrying grain and two locomotives derailed at a curve ahead of a bridge.

The derailment claimed the lives of three workers who were living in Calgary: conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer.

James Carmichael with the TSB started the afternoon by offering his condolences to the families of the three men who were killed.

The TSB investigation will now focus on why the loss of control took place. Carmichael pointed out that it’s too early to say what contributing factors were present during the crash and they are dealing with the most challenging railway territory in North America

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.

It noted eight people have lost their lives in rail incidents within the past year.

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With files from The Canadian Press