Transport Canada officials inspect the CP Rail track at Greely, where a train was allegedly left ordered parked without handbrakes on Feb. 15, 2015. (Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Review)

Transport Canada officials inspect the CP Rail track at Greely, where a train was allegedly left ordered parked without handbrakes on Feb. 15, 2015. (Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Review)

Not guilty pleas entered in connection with Greely incident near Revelstoke

CP Rail, employees accused of ordering train parked without brakes near Revelstoke plead not guilty

Canadian Pacific Railway and two of its former employees pleaded not guilty to charges laid in connection with the Greely incident, when a train carrying dangerous goods was allegedly ordered left parked with brakes uphill from Revelstoke.

READ: CP Rail charged after train allegedly ordered parked without brakes near Revelstoke

CP Rail, along with Mark Jackson, the former superintendent of the company’s mountain division, and Tim McLelland, who worked inside the Calgary rail traffic control office, entered their pleas in Revelstoke court on Wednesday, May 3.

The trial is expected to last 10 days.

According to the information filed in court, they are accused of contravening the Railway Safety Act by not applying sufficient handbrakes to a train, and not applying additional physical securement measures.

The incident took place the night of Feb. 15, 2015, when CP Rail crews were about to go on strike.

According to a search warrant, the conductor of a train carrying dangerous goods called the yard to say they didn’t have enough time to apply the brakes before going on strike.

READ: CP Rail investigated for parking train without hand brakes near Revelstoke

The warrant alleges a call came back ordering the crew to leave the train unsecured at the Greely siding, about 10 kilometres east – and uphill – of Revelstoke. The train was moved the next day without incident.

Still, the spectre of a train left unsecured evoked images of the Lac Megantic disaster, when 47 people were killed after a runaway oil train that was left unattended exploded in the middle of the small Quebec town on July 6, 2013.

Following Lac Megantic, Transport Canada issued an emergency directive that required all rail companies to ensure handbrakes were properly applied on any trains left unattended for more than one hour.

READ: Transport Canada conducts second search of CP Rail HQ for Greely incident documents

The federal agency launched an investigation into the Greeley incident and charges were laid in November 2016.

READ: CP Rail charged after train allegedly ordered parked without brakes near Revelstoke

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Security has been stepped up at both Kitimat General Hospital in Kitimat, pictured here, and at the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace. (File photo)
Stillbirth reaction leads to more hospital security

Staff, physicians facing threats and harassment

Workers at Kitimat General Hospital were presented with a large variety of food packages in appreciation of the last year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The donations came via local Epicurean representative Kerri Weightman who collected money for the purchases. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Hospital workers receive food donation

Workers at Kitimat General Hospital were presented with a large variety of… Continue reading

(Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Murder charge laid in February 2020 stabbing death of Smithers man

Michael Egenolf is charged with the second-degree murder of Brodie Cumiskey

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

A health care worker prepares to test a Coastal GasLink field worker for COVID-19. (Coastal GasLink photo)
Coastal GasLink begins COVID screening of pipeline workers

Construction is once again ramping up following Northern Health approval of COVID management plan

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, endangered orcas from the J pod swim in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales. A new study from federal researchers provides the most detailed look yet at what the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas eat. Scientists with the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center spent years collecting fecal samples from the whales as well as scales from the fish they devoured. They say their data reaffirm the central importance of Chinook salmon to the whales. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Study reinforces importance of Chinook to Pacific Northwest orcas

Data confirms how central the big salmon are to the orca’s diet year-round

Shiromali Krishnaraj arrives from India and receives a mandatory COVID-19 test at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. B.C.’s approved rapid tests also use a nasal swab, with a machine to scan for COVID-19 antibodies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C.’s rapid COVID-19 tests have produced only two positive results

Tests deployed for exposures in schools, outbreaks in care homes, jails

BC Emergency Health Services confirmed that a call was received just before 10 a.m. Ground paramedics, as well as an air ambulance, are on the way to the area. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
BREAKING: Helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

The Nanaimo bar display at the Nanaimo Museum. (City of Nanaimo Instagram)
City of Nanaimo points to correct recipe after New York Times botches batch of bars

City addresses ‘controversy’ around dessert square’s layers

A man holds a picture of Chantel Moore during a healing gathering at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on June 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. First Nation demands transparency in probe into second fatal RCMP shooting

‘Police have killed more Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation members than COVID’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C. on the COVID-19 situation. (B.C. government)
Dr. Bonnie Henry predicts a ‘post-pandemic world’ for B.C. this summer

‘Extending this second dose provides very high real-world protection to more people, sooner’

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 26 that the estate of deceased Sooke man and Hells Angels prospect Michael Widner is to be divided between his wife and his secret spouse. (Black Press Media file photo)
Estate of dead B.C. Hells Angels prospect to be divided between wife, secret spouse

Michael Widner’s 2017 death left a number of unanswered questions

This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of its Janssen subsidiary’s COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Johnson & Johnson via AP
Canada approves Johnson & Johnson’s 1-shot COVID-19 vaccine

It is the 4th vaccine approved in Canada and the 1st that requires just a single dose

Most Read