Jun 28, 2013
By Jane Brown
A potential disaster has been averted in Calgary. Six rail tanker cars have been hauled off a bridge that’s teetering on the brink of collapsing into the swolen Bow River. Earlier today, Ed Greenberg of Canadian Pacific Railway confirmed crews successfully removed all of the oil products off the tanker cars and none leaked into the river.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was clearly upset about the incident yesterday following historic flooding in his city. “There are a lot of questions about the handling of this, and I don’t want to get into all of them right now. Our number one priority,” he went on to say, “is safety. Our number one priority is always ensuring everybody’s safety. But certainly, once this crisis is over, I’ll be looking for a lot of answers from a lot of people. When was that bridge inspected? Why was it not inspected after Saturday?” Nenshi later said the rail company had apologized for the chaos.
C-P engineers at the scene said the bridge had actually been inspected 18 times since flooding began. But company C-E-O Hunter Harrison says they did not send divers down to look because the water was moving so fast.