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CP yard accident claims life of Mission engineer

The locomotive engineer died Monday night in an accident at the company’s rail yard in Port Coquitlam, BC.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said in a media release that a Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) locomotive engineer died Monday night in an accident at the company’s rail yard in Port Coquitlam, BC.

The TCRC said this is the tenth member to die on the job in 24 months. The victim was a 56-year-old father with 32 years of service. The circumstances surrounding the accident are unclear at this stage. Transport Canada had started an investigation into the accident.

“My thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones and co-workers. I want them to know that Canada’s over 125,000 Teamster members stand with them in solidarity and mourning,” said the president of Teamsters Canada, François Laporte.

The TCRC said safety was a central issue during the recent strike at Canadian National Railway. This latest incident at CP further underscores the need for government and industry as a whole to work toward preventing senseless railway tragedies.

“Our hearts go out to the locomotive engineer’s family and everyone who worked with him,” said the president of the TCRC, Lyndon Isaak. “The rail industry is in crisis. We have lost ten of our sisters and brothers over the past 24 months. It’s ten too many.”

The BC Coroners Service confirmed the victim was a  resident of Mission, B.C. and has commenced an investigation to determine the cause of how the man died.

The TCRC represents close to 3,500 workers at CP.