“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…Our entire railroad family mourns this tragic loss.” – Keith Creel, CP President and CEO
The train, which was making its way towards Vancouver, derailed between the upper and lower Spiral tunnels, which are just east of Field, BC, around 1am. Speed is said to have been a factor in the accident.
This is not the first time a train has derailed in the same area. This past January, another CP train derailed near the upper Spiral tunnels. No one was hurt. Since 2004, the 220-kilometre stretch between Field, BC and Calgary has seen 64 derailments.
The train fell 60 meters off a bridge and into Kicking Horse River. Two of the men were found near the locomotive, while the other was still inside.
Investigators say the train was parked, but began to move on its own, eventually traveling fast enough to derail. Why the brakes stopped working, is not yet known.