Logging railroad remains closed two weeks after fatal wreck

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WOSS, British Columbia — The Englewood Railway remains closed nearly two weeks after three railroaders were killed in a tragic accident on the Vancouver Island logging route.
Western Forest Products representative Amy Spencer tells Trains News Wire that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada continues investigating what caused 10 loaded log cars to collide with a track crew in April. Spencer says it’s unclear when the railroad will reopen.

On Thursday, April 20, a log train that was being loaded near Woss, began to roll downhill. 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. A third worker later died in an area hospital after being rescued from under the load.

Safety board representative Rox-Anne D’Aoust says it’s unclear how long the investigation will take but that information about what caused it could be released sooner if necessary.

“If we uncover serious safety deficiencies during the course of our investigation, we will not wait until the final report to make them known,” she says.

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