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2 confirmed dead after logging train derails on Vancouver Island
| Apr 20 9:01 pm | Posted by:
Two people were killed after a logging train derailed on north Vancouver Island Thursday morning. Three others were seriously injured and remain in hospital.
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:45 am
How awful. Hopefully the other injured workers survive their injuries.
At the time of this article it was not yet clear how so many workers ended up in harms way. Something obviously went terribly wrong.
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:52 am
Some more info on the accident....
Dave Rushton, the community's regional elected representative, said the cause of the accident is under investigation but early reports indicate a crew was on the tracks when the rail cars approached without warning.
At the section of track where the accident occurred, the rail cars are not connected to train engines, Rushton said in an interview. The area is a transfer zone where the loaded rail cars pass through before being connected to locomotives and moved to sawmills elsewhere, he said.
"Somehow the cars got away and ran down the track, and, of course, it's downhill," said Rushton, a director of the Regional District of Mount Waddington. "It's all gravity feed. They ended up right in behind our community here. It's amazing there wasn't more damage done."
Rushton said a backhoe loader, a speeder car and the workers were on the track when the accident occurred.
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