October 3, 2008
CAW Local 4001 member injured in train/semi-truck accident north of Grande Prairie, Alberta
 
A member of CAW Local 4001, a division of CAW National Council 4000, is recovering
in an Edmonton hospital after a train / semi-truck collision near Grande Prairie,
Alberta.

A scheduled yard assignment at Savage Alberta Railway, now owned and operated
by CN, was switching five empty tanker cars in Clairmont, Alberta, just north of the
City of Grande Prairie; hit a semi-truck hauling lumber at a crossing on Wednesday,
October 1, 2008 at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time.

A CN spokesperson said that one of four employees aboard the train jumped to
safety, but the 30-year-old woman who was training as a Conductor, suffered
multiple injuries and was taken to a Grande Prairie hospital and then later airlifted
to Edmonton for further treatment.  The 32-year-old man who was driving the
semi-truck was not injured.

One of the rail cars derailed in the collision, but the tracks were cleared and were
operational within a few hours.  Alcohol as been ruled out as a factor in the
collision, and Grande Prairie RCMP are continuing to investigate.
One tank car is derailed following a crash between
a train and semi-truck at Clairmont, Alberta, just
north of Grande Prairie.  One crew member
sustained injuries in the accident.  
(Photo: Grande Prairie Herald Tribune)
 

CAW National Council 4000 represent the Locomotive Engineers and Conductors who operate on these lines, formerly Alberta
RailNet and Savage Alberta Railway, located in North Western Alberta.  CN purchased the railway company from Savage Companies
of Salt Lake City, Utah on December 1, 2006.