Man crushed by derailed fuel tanker in remote BC

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FORT ST. JOHN, BC -- A 30-year-old man from the Peace Country is dead after being crushed by a derailed fuel tanker in a remote area north of Fort St. John on Wednesday.

Fort St. John RCMP said they received a call from CN rail at 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 28 that a train car had derailed and rolled onto a CN rail employee.

Five men were working on the line in the area of Gutah - 160 kilometres south of Fort Nelson and 193 kilometres north of Fort St. John - which is only accessible by the rail system, RCMP said.

None of the other four workers were injured, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said.

"It wasn't a train moving along the tracks. The train was stopped and they were switching some cars out," she said.

"They were putting some cars on the train and taking some off. One of the cars derailed while they were doing that."
Fort St. John RCMP, Emergency Health Services and the coroner attended the scene.

"This is a tragic occurrence and there will be a full investigation," said Warren Chandler, senior manager for public affairs with CN.

No further details are available at this time, Chandler said.

"Emergency officials and CN crews are on site," he said.
"CN will not make public the name of the fatally injured employee until next of kin have been notified."

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