Lumber train derails on northern Vancouver Island injuring two

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

RCMP have confirmed two people are dead and three are injured after a train derailed in Woss, a small community on northern Vancouver Island.

An investigation into the incident has begun, including the RCMP, Coroners Service, Transportation Safety Board and WorksafeBC.

A statement from Western Forest Products says the train was carrying company personnel and materials.

Western Forest Products uses the Englewood Railway to transport logs.

A spokesperson said the train was a logging train, operated by Canfor and it rolled over when it derailed. "The safety and security of our staff and the communities where we work are paramount".

He says he originally feared his grandson was one of the injured.

Don Demens, the company's president and CEO, says they're co-operating fully with all authorities in the investigation of the derailment.

One person is being transported to hospital via ambulance, and another by air.

It's not known if anyone was injured or what caused the derailment.

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