Knife worker killed in accident at Edmundson Rail Court



A CN employee died in a workplace accident Tuesday morning in a North West New Brunswick rail yard.

The first indication was that the 33-year-old man whose identity was not released, was killed as a railway reversed at the EDMMSTSTON yard at about 8:30 am, said Eric Cololard of Canada's Transportation and Safety Board.

The worker was a trainer, said Christopher Monette, director of public affairs with Teamsters Canada, the national trade union that represents CN rail workers.

He was a father of two.

"I can only express our deep, most sincere condolences to the family of the victim and his co-workers," he said.

The worker heard of the Canadian Rock Festival team. Union representatives were on the scene collection.

"Our brother was a proud father of two who loved his work and talked about him all the time," says the president of Francois Lafayette in a statement. "We are shocked and saddened by his passing."

The dead marks the finest workplace liability in 13 months, according to the union. Teamsters Canada said she will sit down with CN and federal officials to "address the issue more broadly" once the investigation is complete.

CN Police, TSB investigating

Edmundson Police said CN police deal with the investigation.

CN spokesman Jonathan Abecassis offers a brief statement Tuesday afternoon.

"This morning, a fatal incident occurred on CN property involving an employee in Edmundston," he said. "We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family and community employees in the tragic time."

The camera had safety board investigators hoping to be on the scene soon.

He could not provide the gender or age of the victim and said the board was still trying to confirm what happened.

It was the second serious railroad injury in the area for two weeks.

A railway employee was arrested by a passenger train as it was departed from the Troo, NSS, train station on November 23.

Two Troy police officers provided life saving first aid to the victim.


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