Canadian Pacific grain car rolls out of control, derails near Field, B.C.

A Canadian Pacific Railway grain car rolled away at high speed for more than six kilometres last week at Field, B.C., near where a derailment killed three crew members almost one year ago.

Sources told CBC News the car had been stopped in the rail yard in Field — about 80 kilometres west of Banff along the Trans-Canada Highway — to undergo maintenance and inspections and was being reattached to the train to return eastward when the runaway occurred last week. The car rolled west along the track.

Canadian Pacific confirmed that a single railcar containing grain was involved in an "uncontrolled movement" in Field on Jan. 14 and that the incident has been reported to the Transportation Safety Board.

The investigation team is following up with the railway company, and the occurrence is currently being assessed," a TSB spokesperson said in an email.


"There were no injuries, no dangerous good involved, it did not traverse any public crossings, and there were no conflicting train movements."

CP said its own investigation determined the incident was caused by human error and that the employees involved have accepted responsibility for their actions.  

"Appropriate corrective measures have been taken. We have no further comment," a railway spokesperson said in an email. 

On Feb. 4, 2019, three crew members were killed when a CP freight train rolled out of control and derailed coming down the mountain east of Field.