First responders at the Sixth Avenue rail crossing Nov. 24 morning. CN employee Michael Stevenson

CN employee found dead after fall

CN maintenance employee Michael Stevenson, 42, of Spuzzum was found dead 50 kilometres north of Hope on Nov. 24.

CN maintenance employee Michael Stevenson, 42, of Spuzzum was found dead 50 kilometres north of Hope on Nov. 24, said the BC Coroners Service (BCCS).

They add that Stevenson worked as a maintenance worker with CN Rail.

The BCCS press release furthered that just before 5 a.m. on Nov. 24, he was working on a section of track north of Hope and on the east side of the Fraser River. That section had a bridge over a creek. His co-workers could not make contact with him for a period of time.

RCMP Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail said police received a call at about 7:15 a.m. about a missing person.

The BCCS said the co-workers checked and found Stevenson in the creek below the aforementioned bridge, deceased at the scene.

CN spokesperson Kate Fenske noted that the employee was performing track inspection duties and fell from a rail bridge.

“The thoughts and prayers of all of us at CN are with our colleague’s family, friends and co-workers,” said Fenske. “CN has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of this tragic accident to understand what happened and learn whatever we can to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.”

BCCS, CN Police, RCMP and Employment and Social Development Canada are continuing their investigation.

Stevenson’s family have been notified of his death.