A locomotive engineer died last night (December 2) in an accident at a Canadian Pacific Railway railyard in Port Coquitlam.
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which represents approximately 3,500 workers at CP, stated in a news release today (December 3) that the victim was a 56-year-old father with 32 years of service. According to the B.C. Coroners Service, he was from Mission, B.C. His name has not been released.
“Our hearts go out to the locomotive engineer’s family and everyone who worked with him,” TCRC president Lyndon Isaak stated in a news release.
Teamsters stated that the circumstances of the accident remain unclear.
CBC News reported that the company is investigating the fatal incident and that Transportation Safety Board investigators are gathering information before determining their next steps.
The death is the tenth TCRC member who has died on the job in the past two years.
Safety had been a main issue during a recent eight-day Canadian National Railway strike, and Isaak added that “the rail industry is in crisis”.