Federal Government Orders Train Stopping Changes

The calls follow a deadly derailment in Western Canada.

Canada’s transport minister is putting the halt on using handbrakes on all trains stopped on mountain slopes.

Marc Garneau says in a statement it’s a precaution until the cause of the derailment in Western Canada is determined.

He says the order takes effect immediately and will remain in place as long as necessary.

Three employees with Canadian Pacific Railway were killed when a Vancouver-bound train with 112 grain cars was parked with its air brakes engaged on a grade near Field, British Columbia when it started moving on its own early, causing 99 cars and two locomotives to leave the tracks.