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Feb. 5 update on Field, B.C. derailment - A statement from CP's President and CEO

​We continue to mourn the loss of our three CP family members. I spent the day at the derailment site yesterday, and I have not stopped thinking about this incident since it occurred.

With any significant incident, there are many questions that need to be answered.  As you are aware, CP immediately initiated an investigation and since then has collected a significant amount of information which we will continue to analyze in order to determine the cause of the derailment. We have committed to fully cooperate with the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), Transport Canada (TC), and other agencies, and have provided information as requested. Through this concerted effort, we are establishing some key facts and gaining a preliminary understanding of the chain of events.  We will provide further updates in due course. Additionally, the TSB will release its own independent findings at a later date.

In the meantime, CP crews, contractors and agencies are working diligently in challenging conditions to remove the damaged rail cars and equipment. We expect this process to take a number of days.

We remain in constant contact with both TC and the TSB. Once all necessary safety checks are complete, we will re-open this important stretch of track to restore service as soon as possible.

The entire CP family is grateful for the support we have received since yesterday’s tragedy.

Keith Creel
CP President and CEO 

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