An incident took away an employee of the Canadian National (CN) railway company in the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles in Montreal on Friday afternoon. This tragedy occurs in the middle of the National Day of Mourning to honor the victims of work accidents.

The fatal incident, the circumstances of which have not been made public by the company, took place on “CN property involving a CN employee,” CN spokesperson Jonathan Abecassis said in an email. ‘business.

The railway company’s network crosses the northeast of the island of Montreal. It circulates in particular in the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles. It runs along part of boulevard Henri-Bourassa before joining rue Notre-Dame at the tip of the Island.

It was not possible for La Presse to know the exact place where the accident took place.

“We would like to offer our sincere condolences to family, friends, loved ones and the community at this tragic time,” said Mr. Abecassis. An investigation has been opened and the company does not wish to issue any further comment, he added.

The Service de police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) said that no criminal element had been identified and that the investigation was the responsibility of federal workers’ compensation agencies and the coroner.

This death occurs in the middle of a national day of mourning, a day marked internationally “to honor the workers who have lost their lives or who have been injured in the performance of their duties”, specifies the CN in a press release released in the morning. even.

Every year, at 11:00 a.m. on April 28, CN yard assignments are suspended and a minute of silence is observed by employees. Bells are also rung on moving trains.

“On this day and every day of the year, our thoughts go out to our colleagues, friends and families who have suffered as a result of accident or injury,” the company wrote. We take this opportunity to pause the work and renew our commitment to ensure these tragedies never happen again and to eliminate risk on our path to zero. »

“Safety is a core value at CN,” the statement also read. Every day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to safety and to believe that zero is possible – zero injuries, zero fatalities and zero damages. »

The fact remains that the work of a railway worker takes place in a very difficult environment, recalls the company.

“Sadly,” the statement said, “as railroad workers, seeing the injuries our co-workers sometimes sustain or worse, seeing them die reminds us of just how unforgiving our workplace can be.” »