Three dead, two injured in British Columbia log train derailment

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WOSS, British Columbia — Three railroaders are dead and two have been injured in a tragic derailment on Vancouver Island’s Englewood Railway this week.

On Thursday morning, a log train that was being loaded near Woss, on the north end of Vancouver Island reportedly began to roll downhill, according to ChekNews.ca. The train collided with maintenance of way equipment further down the line resulting in a derailment. According to news reports, five people were injured and at least three workers were buried under the load of logs. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene and a third was rescued from under the load and sent to an area hospital where that person later died.

The identities of the victims have yet to be released and an investigation into what caused the wreck is underway.

On Thursday, the Englewood Railway’s owner, Western Forest Products, issued a statement saying the company was cooperating with investigators.

“At this time, we express our deepest concern and condolences to the families, friends, and coworkers of those whose lives were lost this morning and who are injured. Our hearts and minds are with them,” officials said. “The safety and security of our staff and the communities where we work are paramount. We are cooperating fully with all authorities and will continue to do so.”

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