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CP Rail superintendent under investigation by Transport Canada no longer with company

Former CP Rail superintendent is pictured trying out the train simulator at the Revelstoke Railway Museum during Homecoming weekend in August 2014. He was recently let go by the company. - Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review file photo
Former CP Rail superintendent is pictured trying out the train simulator at the Revelstoke Railway Museum during Homecoming weekend in August 2014. He was recently let go by the company.
— image credit: Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review file photo

A CP Rail superintendent who is under investigation by Transport Canada in no longer with the company, the Revelstoke Review has learned.

Mark Jackson, who is being investigated for allegedly ordering a train carrying dangerous goods be parked without handbrakes east of Revelstoke on Feb. 14, 2015, is "no longer at CP", confirmed a company spokesperson, adding his departure was not due to the ongoing investigation.

"While we don’t comment on individual personnel matters, I can tell you that this is not in relation to the Greeley incident," wrote Jeremy Berry, in response to questions. He did not say if Jackson was dismissed or if he left on his own accord.

Jackson, CP Rail and at least one radio traffic control operator are being investigated for allegedly ordering a train carrying dangerous goods be parked at Greeley, about 10 kilometres east and uphill of Revelstoke, without handbrakes.

The incident happened on Feb. 14, the night CP Rail's running trades workers went on strike. According to a search warrant obtained by the CBC, the train operators said they didn't have time to apply the handbrakes. That's when Jackson allegedly ordered the train be parked without handbrakes in place, in contravention of Transport Canada regulations.

The rail traffic controller is also being investigated for allegedly relaying the command.

The train was moved the following day without incident.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Jackson was the superintendent of the Revelstoke-based Mountain Division from September 2013 to March 2015, when he was transferred to the Kootenay Division, which is based in Cranbrook.

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