Railroaders step up to support families of those lost in British Columbia wreck

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FIELD, British Columbia – Railroaders from across North America are stepping up to support the families of the three men killed earlier this week when a Canadian Pacific grain train derailed in the mountains of British Columbia.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the families of conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell, and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer and as of Wednesday night more than $61,000 had been raised.

The three men were aboard a parked westbound grain train early Monday morning when it began “to move on its own” downhill east of Field on the CP’s rugged Laggen Subdivision. The 112-car train derailed between the Upper and Lower Spiral Tunnels. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.

On Wednesday, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Trainmen and Engineers sent an email to its members encouraging them to support the families of the three men killed.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of our Canadian Brothers who are going through the most difficult of times," says BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce.

Details were also starting to emerge about the three railroaders who perished. Waldenberger-Bulmerwas had joined CP two months ago at the urging of his twin brother Jeremy, who also worked for the railroad. In a written statement to CBC News, Jeremy said he feels as if “half of me is gone” with the loss of his sibling.

"Before he started, I always told him how much I loved my job and how I'm always excited to go to work," Jeremy wrote. "He was loving it and knew he would make a lifetime career out of it. We had big plans of living out our careers with CP Rail and retiring together to golf all over the world."

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