TSB Says Derailed Train Had 'Loss Of Control'
Preliminary findings from the Transportation Safety Board show three Canadian Pacific crew members had just taken over from another crew and assumed control of a 112 car grain train early yesterday morning near Field when things began to go very wrong.
T-S-B investigator James Carmichael says the train had been parked on a grade for two hours but started to roll even before the engineer, conductor and conductor-trainee were ready to fire up the three locomotives controlling it.
Carmichael says the westbound freight rolled down the steep, winding grade at speeds far above the permitted 32-kilometres per hour before derailing at a curve ahead of a bridge, catapulting the lead engine -- carrying all three men -- into the river below.
Conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer died.