It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of three CP family members early this morning. As a westbound grain train was making its way toward Vancouver, it derailed in between the Upper and Lower Spiral Tunnels just east of Field, B.C.
As a result of the derailment, which occurred at approximately 1 a.m. mountain time, we lost three professional railroaders. The three-person crew 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. The incident is under investigation and we will not speculate at this time on a cause – we owe it to those involved to get it right.
We are working closely with Parks Canada and other agencies to ensure the environment is not negatively impacted. Recovering will be complex and challenging given the remote location and extreme weather, but with collaboration and communication, we will get there.
To all those who have offered their thoughts and prayers – thank you. As we work to safely recover from this tragedy, we do so with our fallen colleagues in mind.
Our entire railroad family mourns this tragic loss.
Sincerely,Keith CreelCP President and CEO