CN resumes operations with company behind runaway rail car in Regina

REGINA – Canadian National says it has resumed operations with the company behind a runaway rail car in Regina.

CN (TSX:CNR) suspended operations with Cando Rail last week after a car full of asphalt rolled away from the Co-op oil refinery.

No one was hurt and no asphalt was spilled, but the car rumbled through the city for about four kilometres on tracks owned by CN.

A spokesman for the railway would not say exactly when operations with Cando resumed.

Cando’s vice-president has apologized and has said an air brake on the car was set, but suddenly released.

Lee Jebb said a worker was too far away to reach the hand brake.

Regina’s mayor and fire chief raised concerns that they were not informed about the runaway car until reporters called them three days later.

Jebb said Cando employees followed emergency procedures, including notifying the Regina police immediately after the rail car got loose and again when it was brought under control.

The company is conducting its own internal investigation, he said, and is to release a full report this week to explain what happened.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.