Details are still sparse following a CP Rail train derailment west of Golden near midnight on Nov. 10.
An initial public tip indicated the train derailed near Redgrave, B.C., which is located approximately 40 kilometres west of Golden, B.C.
In response to a query from the Revelstoke Mountaineer, CP Rail spokesperson Jeremy Berry said that a train consisting of potash cars derailed at a location 40 kilometres west of Golden, B.C. in the Redgrave area.
In an emailed statement, Berry said that 10 cars were involved in the derailment. He said there were no injuries or dangerous goods involved in the derailment.
As of the evening of Friday, Nov. 10, CP Rail crews were still dealing with the derailment. “We take this incident extremely seriously, and will be focused on safety as we continue to deal with this incident,” Berry said.
As of Monday, Nov. 13, a CP Rail spokesperson has not been available for a telephone interview. In an email sent on the morning of Nov. 13, Berry requested that questions be sent by email. The Mountaineer replied by repeating our request for a telephone interview.
Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson Alexandre Fournier said the TSB was aware of the incident, which he said occurred at 23:50 Mountain Time on Nov. 10. “The TSB is aware of the occurrence. We have not deployed for this occurrence but we are liaising with the crew and company to assess the cause of this occurrence.”
In 2009, a train collision near Redgrave resulted in a Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigation into the incident. The collision occurred when a passing train struck the side of a train that was stopped on a rail siding but was still partially protruding onto the main track. The resulting TSB investigation found that a combination of signal reading errors and communication errors led to the collision. More specifically, it found that the train crew was distracted performing other operational tasks which resulted in them failing to correctly identify and communicate a warning signal intended to warn of the hazard.
There is no indication that the current derailment happened near this location.
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