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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Former CN Employee Raises Rail Safety Concerns

A former machinist with the Canadian National Railway Company expressing his concerns to town council about inspection standards for our railways.

Quispamsis resident Bernard Beukeveld tells CHSJ News they should be inspected to the highest standards since hazardous materials are coming through our communities, but says they are currently only meeting the minimum requirements.

Beukeveld says train derailments like the deadly disaster in Lac-Megantic this summer, and the recent incident West of Edmonton, should be a wake-up call to cities and towns.

Deputy Mayor Libby O'Hara telling Beukeveld she shares his concerns. Council passing a motion to have a Table Top Emergency exercise to evaluate the response capability of the town to a rail incident next year.