CN Rail issues safety warning after people climb over stalled train in Burnaby

Jesse Day / January 7th, 2019

The train track where people climbed over a stopped train.
(BCIT News / Darrian Matassa-Fung)

CN rail says its police force will increase education efforts to keep railway crossings safe after some people in Burnaby climbed over a train that was stalled on Saturday.

After a train was stalled for over two hours in Burnaby, some people decided to climb over the train that was blocking the road. CN Rail has now released a statement saying their police force will make education efforts a higher priority.

The train stopped across from Burnaby Lake at Piper Avenue because of a broken coupler. Jonathan Abecassis, a media relations director for CN, says the company is apologizing for the inconvenience but also warns of the potential dangers these situations pose.

“We understand why people were frustrated but this behaviour is worrisome. We don’t want people to think this sort of thing is acceptable.” – Jonathan Abecassis, CN Media Relations

The warning comes just a week after an elderly couple was killed in Langley when their car was struck by a train. It’s still unclear how the couples car got stuck on the tracks.

CN Rail says their police service will increase patrols around crossings to help people stay safe. They also plan to start workshops at schools to educate on railway safety.