CP, former managers charged over leaving train without applied hand brakes

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CALGARY, Alberta — Transportation regulators have charged Canadian Pacific and two of its former managers for ordering a train to stop on a mountainous grade without applying a sufficient number of handbrakes, CBC News reports.

The CBC cites officials with Transport Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the Federal Railroad Administration, who say that two railroad managers ordered a CP train crew to leave their train unattended in a siding located near the town of Revelstoke, British Columbia.

According to the article, the crew was approaching the end of their hours of service and was instructed to leave the freight cars, some of which contained hazardous materials, on side and main tracks without applying handbrakes.

The event took place in the hours leading up to a CP labor strike when rail managers were reportedly scrambling to tie down trains at various points across the system.

According to radio traffic between local rail managers and the train crew, both the engineer and conductor reportedly questioned the operational directive — but were overruled by their supervisor, according to a Transport Canada document.

The two rail managers associated with the alleged incident have since been dismissed from the railroad.

CBC quoted a railroad representative who had no comment while the matter was before the courts.

According to Canadian regulators, the incident is in direct breach of the country’s Railway Safety Act. If convicted, the railroad could face a fine of up to $1 million, while both of the rail manages could be fined and sentenced to jail time.

The train was later safely recovered without any issues.

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