FIELD, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — In close collaboration with Transport Canada (TC), and upon completion of all necessary safety checks, Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway re-opened its mainline through Field, British Colombia, Canada, following a grain train derailment on Feb. 4.
Three CP crew members were killed during the accident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of Dylan Paradis, Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer and Andrew Dockrell,” said Keith Creel, president and chief executive officer of CP. “The CP team has been in close contact with the families and is providing both immediate and long-term support to them during this difficult time. We are also providing assistance and support to our employees across Canada and the U.S.”
While the TSB investigation is ongoing, CP said it has taken steps to further enhance safety by supplementing its existing protocols for trains on mountain grades across its network. CP said it also will fully comply with TC’s order relating to train securement.
Parks Canada and other agencies along with CP crews and contractors continue to work to remove the damaged rail cars and equipment. David Karn, a spokesman for the B.C. Environment Ministry, told Reuters that between 30 and 40 grain cars left the tracks in the derailment.
Given the ongoing TSB investigation, CP said it is unable to comment further at this time.