Single Motor Vehicle Accident with CP Rail

Elk Valley

2021-04-23 16:34 PDT

File # EVA RCMP 2021-1126

CP Rail train vs tractor and trailer 

On April 23, 2021 at approximately 8:15 am, Elk Valley RCMP responded to an accident involving a CP Rail train and a tractor and trailer hauling a 777 Caterpillar Dumptruck at the railway crossing at Michel Creek Rd. and Great Northern Rd., near Highway 3, Sparwood, BC. The lone driver of the tractor and trailer was not injured nor the Engineer who was operating of CP train.

RCMP learned that due to a mechanical failure of the tractor it stopped moving as it was crossing over the railway tracks. An alert person alerted the driver and he jumped out of the tractor to safety and within seconds the train had collided with the trailer dragging it for 350 meters. The trailer was disconnected from the tractor unit.

There was no immediate environment concerns as the train was not hauling chemicals or other biohazard liquids. The Elk Valley Fire Department was on scene to control and monitor the fiery scene.

Elk Valley RCMP would like to thank Elk Valley Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service, CP Rail and Teck Coal for their assistance at this scene.

Released by

Cst. Debra A. Katerenchuk

Media Relations Officer
Elk Valley Regional Detachment
607 Douglas Fir Road, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0
Office: 250-425-6233
Cell: 250-423-0280
Fax: 250-425-2653


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