Wednesday, October 10, 2007


CN off the rails again ... and again


Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 10:59 PST
Prince George Citizen Staff

The wheels of three lumber-carrying rail cars went off the track early Tuesday morning at CN Rail's south yard.

CN Rail spokeswoman Kelli Svendsen called the mishap "extremely minor."

"What we had was three cars, each with one or more wheels off the track," she said. "They were upright and they didn't affect operations."

She said it not [sic] in the same location within the south yard where five loaded pulp cars jumped the track on Sept. 26. That one, in turn, occurred just two days after four grain cars left the tracks in CN's north yard off First Avenue. {Snip} ...

[Which is only 63 days after the fiery collision between two CN locomotives on the railway tracks between CN's south yard and CN's north yard. Or 50 days after CN's 10-car derailment in Quesnel. Or only 16 days after those 4 grain cars fell off the CN track in Prince George on 1st Avenue, right behind the bottle depot, and spilled their "product". Quite a record. - BC Mary]

Some comments

written by bc racer
, October 09, 2007

Sorry when a train jumps the track, it isn't minor.

So this happened in the same yard as the last derail, does that mean they don't upkeep the rails to start with or was the job that shoddy or are there more deep seeded troubles than they are going to admit.

It seem the government is playing russian roulette with our lives...."everything has been minor", so far!

CN always downplays severity
written by M C, October 09, 2007

It's unbelievable how many derailments has happened with CN and yet, they maintain that they're much better and compare this year's number with the horrendous one from a year ago. Hello! Any year would be a dramatic improvement!

I guess they consider it "minor" when
a) no one was killed
b) no toxic chemicals were released or spilled harming both people and the environment.

That is so sad and it angers me that the Federal Transportation minister can only give them a slap on the wrist for all the derailments and toxic spills.

Obviously as long as they continue to make money, they simply don't care.

written by bc racer, October 09, 2007

Well let one of mine get hurt because of one of CN's minor incidents and my MLA's and MP.s are going to be right up there on the top of the list of those being sued in the negligence lawsuit I shall file.

written by Jules Morin, October 09, 2007

I don't think there is going to be much of a protest concerning CN's actions.
Worker safety?

written by Rob P, October 09, 2007

What about the CN employees? They must see and know of things that are ill-maintained and therefore create unsafe working conditions. There was an article in the Citizen maybe a month ago stating that CN is a very difficult company to work for in regards to hours and working conditions. Myself, personally, I don't tolerate those conditions and have quit jobs like that if no positive action has been taken. Doesn't the WCB have any pull in matters such as these or is there some extreme high level corruption that allows the status-quo to continue. With the frequency of events that are occuring...hmmm.

written by Jules Morin, October 09, 2007

High level corruption and corporatism and the status-quo? 1 1 1=3?


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