Defendants in lawsuits brought by families who lost loved ones in a train derailment in British Columbia deny any wrongdoing in the deaths of three Canadian Pacific Railway employees.
The derailment happened in February 2019, when 99 grain cars and two locomotives fell off a bridge near Field, British Columbia.
The families of two of the men killed filed separate lawsuits last April, alleging negligence against CP, its CEO, board, CP police, Transportation Safety Board officials and the minister Federal Transport.
A defense filed on behalf of CP Rail and its senior executives says the actions have “no chance of success” and constitute “an abuse of the process of this court”, calling the plaintiffs’ claims unfounded and inflammatory.
The TSB also disputes the allegations against him, saying he acted in good faith and without malice in the investigation of the derailment.
The TSB investigation released last week found that old brake cylinders on parked freight cars leaked compressed air and collapsed in the extreme cold, allowing the train to start rolling uncontrollably over a steep slope.
– The Canadian Press