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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.