CN fined $75,000 for McBride accident

CN was fined $75,000 after it pleaded guilty to a charge related to an accident near McBride, B.C. in 2003: a trestle collapsed underneath a freight train, derailing the locomotives and five cars and killing the crew. (McBride is on CN’s Fraser subdivision, on the former Grand Trunk Pacific line between Edmonton and Prince Rupert.) Two other charges were stayed for lack of evidence. The Transportation Safety Board cited poor bridge maintenance as the cause; their report is here.

CN is not having a good week.

See previous entries: Two more CN derailments; What’s up with CN?