COMMENTARY · 2nd May 2013
Seven additional pictures below
It is a small wonder why the citizens of the Northwest are so misguided and ill-informed of the real world, believing the continues litany of lies foisted on them by Government and Industry; the local media only repeats what they are told to repeat.
The latest example is the recent train wreck east of Terrace. On April 19, 2013 a number of rail cars left the tracks and tumbled down the bank. CN ‘s spokesperson told all the media the train left the tracks but remained upright. So CFNR, Astral Media, CFTK, EZ Rock, CJFW and the local rag, the Terrace Standard by Black Press all repeated the same line, none so much as taking the time to actually go investigate, a drive of only 30 minutes.
Below are direct copies from all of these organizations. The only organization who did not repeat precisely what Emily Hamer, CN’s spokesperson, told them to say was Opinion 250, an online media source out of Prince George. They even included a picture of the wreck and decided not to include the phrase, “upright derailment”. None however took the time to actually do any real work. The media in BC is very tightly controlled and in the north there is a grid lock on allowing any information to be disseminated which might negatively impact on any economic activity. It is why destructive environmentally hazardous activities, the unprecedented destruction of land and habitat goes on without notice.
The Terrace Standard was and is the most egregious in this regard following strict instructions from their head office in Victoria. The BC Liberals have hosted Party gatherings on the Victoria estate of Media Mogul David Black. This could hardly be seen as anything but a biased publication. Rupert Murdock was raked over the coals in Britain for talking privately with the Prime Minister. David Black invites the whole Liberal Party to his estate for Party gatherings.
So as a follow up report published 10 days after the incident in the Black Press ‘Terrace Standard’ they continued to claim the same nonsense, once again taking Hamer’s word on the matter. Oh - the containers just fell over when we moved them off the track. Yeah, right, and Pigs can Fly!
One only has to look at the pictures taken the day of the accident to see the extent of the damage and the unreliable statements and claims repeated by the local media as “The Gods Honest Truth, I Swear”.
As a footnote; A quick Google search will reveal the event was completely ignored by the rest of the Provincial media. This denies the majority of the population of BC with necessary information to make informed decisions as well. For them it didn't even happen, for us up here we are told by the media it was upright.
This is the media manipulation which brought Gordon Campbell to power and continues to perpetuate the lies of the Liberal Party of BC. Gordie drives drunk to visit his mistress in Hawaii and that's okee dockie by the Press. Christy runs a red light cause her son asked her to, and 'aw gee shucks, I was just trying to appease the young feller the way I appease everyone else who wants to destroy the Province, like Enbridge, so they'll like me too.' On with the parade of fools and liars.
CN SAYS IT’S INVESTIGATING A DERAILMENT EAST OF TERRACE.
The company confirms that five cars of an east-bound intermodal train jumped the tracks near Cedarvale at 1:45 Friday morning.
Emily Hamer of CN says the cars, which were transporting household goods, remained upright.
Hamer says there were no injuries, no environmental hazard, and no dangerous goods involved in the derailment.
CN temporarily suspended operations on the line while crews work at clearing the tracks.
TRAIN DERAILMENT NEAR CEDARVALE
Five intermodal cars leave the tracks
CFTK/Astral Media 4/19/2013
C.N. Rail crews are cleaning up after a derailment early this morning east of Terrace.
C.N. spokesperson Emily Hamer says five intermodal cars carrying household consumer goods on an eastbound train left the tracks and remained upright near Cedarvale around 1:45 am.
Hamer says no dangerous goods were involved, there are no environmental issues and no one was hurt in the incident.
However, operations on the rail line are shut down, until the tracks can be cleared.
There's no word on when that job will be complete.
Hamer says the cause of the derailment is under investigation.
TRAIN CARS GO OFF TRACK EAST OF TERRACE
Black Press (Standard) Report Apr 19, 2013 – By Staff Writer (Is CN on Staff?) - Terrace Standard
CN CREWS are today clearing a derailment that took place early this morning on the company's main line east of Terrace.
Five cars went off the track but remained upright, reports CN official Emily Hamer of the accident which took place at 1:45 a.m. near Cedarvale.
"There were no injuries and no environmental issues and no danger," said Hamer.
The cars were carrying household consumer goods that had been unloaded at the port in Prince Rupert.
Traffic has been temporarily halted while repairs are underway, said Hamer.
"The cars did not fall on their sides but they did come off the track," she said of the incident which is under investigation.
Residents of the area reported hearing a loud crash at the time of the derailment.
RAIL CARS GO OFF TRACK 10 days later
Black Press Terrace Standard report 10 days later, April 29, 2013 7:00 AM
A CN crew spent more than a day clearing and then making repairs to its track following a derailment near Cedarvale in the early morning hours of April 19.
As many as 10 storage units, (Nope - simply a look at the site one can count 15 containers quickly) stacked two-high on flatbed cars, went off the tracks on a section of line running alongside the Skeena River.
The official investigation is continuing, says CN official Emily Hamer.
Residents of the area reported hearing a loud bang around the time of the derailment.
Large light units were installed and heavy equipment brought in to cope with the derailment which temporarily closed traffic on CN’s line.
“The cars derailed upright and were then moved off the track in order to re-open the line to rail traffic,” said Hamer. “Some containers loaded on the cars did spill onto the right-of-way and down the bank when they were moved off the track, but they did not fall into the river.”
She said traffic was restored early April 20.
The units were carrying household goods and no dangerous goods were involved.
There were also no injuries, said Hamer.
RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT DERAILMENT NEAR TERRACE
By 250 News, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 03:44 AM
Terrace, B.C. - Residents of Kitwanga say that while CN has been dealing with the derailment on their line near Cedarvale, east of Terrace, they believe railroad ties have fallen into the Skeena River.
The ties would contain creosote which area residents fear will cause damage to the Skeena.
A CN spokesperson says five cars derailed last Friday at 1.45am. All of those cars according to CN spokesperson, Emily Hamer, did not contain any dangerous goods. The derailment temporarily suspended operations on the line to Prince Rupert. They were brought back into operation on Saturday.
There were no injuries.
Picture taken shortly after the equipment arrived to clear the tracks
Doubled up rail cars
A compilation of submitted photos taken from the air after the tracks were cleared
The view from Highway 16 - a half hours drive from Terrace
have you noticed
Comment by Catherine on 5th May 2013
Have you noticed the ads for Minerals North. I heard one that was promoting a big machine that could guzzle 6000 liters of water per second! We are being informed of the industry's big machinery and the facts about them are spun like an advertisement - until you give your head a shake and think - that's an awful lot of fresh drinking water that's being used for the industry! And there are people in the world dying of thirst and/or unclean water.
The power of the prostitute media - spinning information as ads and ads as information!
Lets play devils advocate
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 4th May 2013
Until we have a picture, we can only surmise then. Look at the pictures we do have. The tracks are broken, severed completely, pointing directly at where the rail cars are piled, one on top of the other, mangled and bent.
Question then is, would CN just bust the tracks to shove the cars into the Skeena River?
On the concept or idea they wanted to get the tracks opened as fast as possible, they certainly wouldn't have caused more harm to the rails.
And if these severed rails were what caused the rail cars to come off the tracks, one can see there appears to be no room for over a dozen rail cars to stay standing beside the tracks.
One can write in anonymously and claim the story CN foisted on all the media is the correct story, but until real evidence and real people comes forward, there isn't much else to add.
Cars were upright
Comment by Eric on 3rd May 2013
I drove by shortly before 8am on the 19th. I noticed the derailment from the highway and I can say for a fact that the cars were upright on the side of the tracks opposite the river. Too bad I didn't think to stop and take a picture, or I would have!
Also, how fast do you drive, Merv? 30 minutes to Cedarvale is really booking it! I drive this road every weekday and it takes me about 42 minutes to get to Cedarvale from downtown Terrace doing slightly over the 100 posted limit (105 - 110 i'll confess).
Comment by Terry on 3rd May 2013
This is common practice that is use at almost every wreak . Cn is a self insurer . If they cannot build a shoe fly ( put panels of track around the wreak ) then the practice is to shove the cars regardless of the value of the cargo away from the room needed to fix or replace the track to get the backed up traffic in both directions Moving . If they can get away with it they just dig a hole and shove it in and bury it . Its called risk management . The cost of holding up traffic is far higher than the cost of a whole train units and crew lives . That's why native road blocks are so effective . Just a few hours are worth millions of dollars in losses .
We considered this thought about the truth
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 3rd May 2013
We considered this thought.
How would CN manage a derailment when all the cars are standing and all the containers still secure? If the rail cars just came off the tracks without significant damage how would they manage the insurable losses?
One would think, if one used their faculties of reason, CN would disconnect the cars still on the track from the ones off the track and pull them out of the way first. The next step would be to remove the containers if the available excavator/crane power was not enough to lift the entire rail car back onto the track.
If the containers needed to be toppled off the side towards the Skeena they might look like the two sets of containers still tied together as can be seen in the picture.
Then the rail cars could easily be lifted back onto the tracks. What we see here is rail cars piled up down the bank, torn and twisted.
If the containers were undamaged when the derailment occurred how might the customers shipping the products feel to see CN so callously destroying their containers of goods?
Look at that big Cat Hoe sitting beside the containers. It could likely easily lift these containers and stack them, not perfectly upright, but certainly in a manner to make the clean up of the site easier. And what hoe operator would just rip open the container like a can of sardines?
A reasoned person might look at the section of tracks that is broken away, pointing towards where the containers are piled and consider how this is how rail cars might appear if a section of train moving at 50 to 70 kilometers an hour was suddenly diverted (by tracks breaking away) into a ditch/ravine.
The two sets of containers still attached together would then be obviously the following two rail cars which didn’t end up in the pile before the train finally stopped moving, but were tipping hard enough to fall less dramatically.
Yup, until we see a picture of the upright train, CN always takes lots of pictures, they have too for all types of legal reasons, we cannot find any reasoned argument to justify this type of damage to rail cars and containers from an upright derailment.
If those at the site took all that time to destroy everything, rather than getting to the task at hand which was to clear/open the rail line, they should all be fired for wasting time and resources destroying property and making the final clean up a much more difficult task.
Cathy's got it right
Comment by Terry on 3rd May 2013
Perfect example is the owner of the terrace substandard and the lies by omition in regards to the refinery of his dreams .
A refinery refines out the stuff (poison) that cannot be used . Where are they going to put the billions of tons of garbage ? Are they going to ship it back to Alberta ? Are they going to dump it in the foreman ridge dump ? Are they going to have their own dump ? Are they going to burn it ? David black should wrap the plans in his paper and shove it as far up where the sun don't shine and stop BSing us . Piping garbage all the way here only makes sense if you don't want the garbage ( by products ) in Alberta . We won't even need a spill to be up to our eyeballs in Alberta's garbage . I'm surprised that this has not been addressed .
Here's the truth
Comment by CN "friend" on 3rd May 2013
The derailment did leave the cars upright, these pictures were taken afterwards when the cleanup crews were there. What you can't see from the picture is that there is a steep mountain side right on the other side of the tracks, the only way to clean this mess up was to push these cars down the bank and clean up from there. A buddy of mine who works there told me this.
Comment by Terry on 3rd May 2013
How many friges and freezers were in the wreak ?
The prostitution of MSM
Comment by Catherine on 3rd May 2013
The prostitution of our MSM is a deliberate act to destroy real journalism in this province. Watch your local news. Those people are reading from a monitor - they are news readers, not journalists - they are selected for their looks and ability to read with inflection. This destruction is aimed to discredit and destroy free speech - a civil liberty.
News is not entertainment! It is information! The criminal elite are destroying it in order to continue with their "smoke and mirrors" agenda and keep us "dumbed down"!
If you're sick of the prostitution, boycott all MSM (tv, newspapers etc)
Something to live by.....
Comment by Larry on 2nd May 2013
My father, told me many years ago....."Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see and you can't go wrong. How true those words are today.
thank you for reporting this.
Comment by anonymous on 2nd May 2013
thank you for reporting this. that is all.
Comment by P. White on 2nd May 2013
I'd just like to put this out there, I drove by Tuesday, April 23rd, evening and what I saw was basically everything you have pictured above with the addition of the light set-up they had brought in. The mess was horrendous, storage-cans were obviously IN the Skeena as well as many other foreign objects and definitely more than 5 cars. We counted a dozen just from standing by the highway that were in plain view. Its a shame CN as well as others, are trying to fabricate such a story. Everyone is bitching and moaning about Enbridge and all the bad they will bring to our environment in the north and just too busy to see that CN is doing a fine job at it already.