Canadian Pacific criticized after manager is involved in train collision

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YAHK, British Columbia — Railroad investigators in Canada are criticizing Canadian Pacific for using managers to operate trains following a collision in British Columbia, the Globe and Mail reports.

The latest incident happened in the small town of Yahk on March 6 when a westbound freight train operated by a railroad manager collided with an eastbound train diverting into a siding.

According to a report by the Transportation Safety Board, the manager was operating the train westbound on unauthorized track and was unable to stop the train before it collided with an eastbound train. The low-speed collision did not result in any injuries or hazardous spills, according to the article.

A CP representative cited by the newspaper says the manager involved is an experienced railroader and that the incident remains under investigation.

Representatives from the Transportation Safety Board say that railroad managers are not as well as trained and have less experience and track familiarity than engineers and conductors. In 2016, the board said using managers to run locomotives increases the risk for unsafe train operations.

This is the second incident in four months involving manager-operated train collisions. In December, a CP train operated by managers did not stop at a signal near North Bend, British Columbia, and hit the rear of another train that had stopped for a crew change.

CP encourages its non-union employees to become qualified engineers and conductors as a way to protect itself from labor shortages. The railroad has said in the past that becoming a certified operator helps employees to better understand the company and rail industry.

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