Locomotive Smashes Construction Equipment|Cab View!
A construction crew and occupants of a Canadian Pacific West Coast Express commuter train were in for a surprise when one of the construction crewman began to cross the tracks in the speed-swing he was operating while the train made its approach!
The train struck the speedswing at mile 105.21 in the Cascade Subdivision of Maple Ridge, British Columbia!
The cause of the accident appeared to be some sort of communication error between the the trains crew, the foreman and the construction crew. The construction crew was in compliance with the railway and had rule 42 permissions granted.
Rule 42 in Canada also known as “Planned Protection” covers events such as construction that involve being near or on the tracks!
The construction crew, knowing that the train would be making its way past them gave up their right of way so that the West Coast Express could pass on through. That is where things cease to be simple on the communication front!
Either the foreman didn’t express to the engines crew exactly when the construction crew would be clear, or he neglected to inform the construction crew how close the West Coast Express was. It also could have just been as simple as one construction crewman not understanding what was occurring, or didn’t have the parameters of the situation properly explained!
Whatever the variables, it led to one spectacular smack down for the equipment in use!
Thankfully no one was injured and the engine was back running down the tracks within a couple of hours.
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