Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 10:21 am

Lytton Accident: Photos and Video

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CN logo By any reasonable account, CN’s accident last week on its mainline near Lytton, BC was minor: it was as a result of a rockslide (so not — this time! — CN’s fault); no one was killed or seriously hurt; only diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid were leaked. So, 0 for 3 on culpability, casualties and catastrophes. But because the accident scene at sunrise was so dramatic — a great big engine upside-down on an embankment, looking so much like a knocked-over HO model — and because it was in British Columbia, where there’s a heightened sensitivity to CN derailments of any sort, there is more attention.

But mostly because it’s a spectacular accident scene without being tragic and awful. Now we have some photos and video of the site.

Billy Kash sends along the following video clip of the accident site:

The following photos were forwarded to me by e-mail. I have no idea who took them, but I imagine it was someone involved in the accident cleanup. (If it’s you, let me know and I’ll credit or remove as necessary.) I’ve kept the images small to avoid violating my mystery photographer’s copyright too much:

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