Early this morning, CP Rail confirmed that 3 people died and up to 60 cars came off the track in a tragic and fatal train derailment near Field BC. Canada Pacific (CP) has confirmed that three have died as a result of a massive train derailment that took place west of Banff, Alberta. According to the company, the report of the derailment as announced at around 2:10 AM mountain time. At this time, investigators are on the scene, with more to come, hashing out the details.
At this time, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has deployed a team investigators to the site. According to a spokesperson from TSB, the exact location of the site is unknown as there has been no military milage given at this time. Access to the site is also difficult as you must travel by high rail, which is a piece of equipment that attaches to the train tracks.
Two investigators are currently on scene dealing with the details of the derailment. Another two have left the TSB Calgary office and are estimated to arrive at the scene by 10 AM mountain time.
A spokesperson from TSB has told Narcity that anywhere from 40 to 60 cars have been derailed, although an exact number is not available at this time. The spokesperson has assured us that there is no scare of chemical spillage as the train cars were grain hoppers.
CP has confirmed the three people have died as a result of the accident. Names have not been released at this time and CP members are sending their condolences to the impacted families.
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Update as of 9:15 AM on February 5, 2019:
Canadian Pacific has recently released the names of the three lives that were taken during the derailment that took place early yesterday morning near Field, BC. According to CP, the tragic accident took the lives of the three-person crew that included conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell, and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer.
“In the hours ahead we remain focused on employee safety and the safety of our first responders, in addition to working closely with the families of the deceased and all our employees. This is a tragedy that will have a long-lasting impact on our family of railroaders,” said CP President and CEO Keith Creel.
CP is now working in conjunction with Parks Canada and other agencies to ensure the environment is not negatively impacted. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has told Narcity that a large number of derailed cars were filled with grain and were headed toward Vancouver before it derailed between the Upper and Lower Spiral Tunnels.