|Another CN derailment in Alberta! Unions call for Inquires|
|September 1, 2005
For the sixth time in the month of August, a CN train has derailed, the second derailment in less than a month in the Province of
Alberta. Ten rail cars left the tracks approximately 25-kilometres east of Hinton, Alberta on August 29th at about 7 a.m.
One of the derailed cars contained caustic soda, a dangerous substance, but luckily it remained upright. Another car loaded
with coke, a coal-like substance, tipped over, but CN spokesman Jim Feeny said there won't be any environmental impact.
No one was hurt and the cause of the derailment isn't yet known.
The recent increase of train derailments, particularly CN as evident in the past month, has triggered demand from the unions
representing CN workers for a public inquiry into the recent series of train derailments.
The most recent demand came from the CAW and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference
(TCRC) and followed by a similar demand from the British Columbia NDP. The unions want a review of the rail operations on the
line formerly operated by BC Rail which was bought by CN in 2003.
BC NDP transportation critic David Chudnovsky shares the unions concerns. Chudnovsky is concerned about the length of the
trains operating on the former BCR line and expressed his concern directly to Liberal transportation minister Kevin Falcon.
The unions have written Federal Transportation Minister Jean Lapierre.