Maple Creek News-Times
A viral video showing graphic content of a Canadian Pacific train striking local wildlife has grabbed the attention of Canadians through social media, traditional media, and abroad.
In an e-mail to the Maple Creek News-Times, the media relations and community affairs department noted CP is saddened by the incident involving a herd of antelope running down the railway tracks and right-of-way that were struck by a moving train on Nov. 15, west of Maple Creek.
“When an incident like this occurs, crews are required to report it to the CP Operations Centre. CP then alerts relevant stakeholders, including provincial authorities, about the wildlife strike,” it was stated in the e-mail.
It was also stated in the e-mail crews are not always able to safely stop a train to prevent an incident before it occurs, “as it can take a freight train more than a mile to come to a complete stop once the emergency brake is applied.”
CP is investigating this incident.