LABRADOR CITY, SEPT-ÎLES and MONTRÉAL, Nov. 8, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - IOC confirms that the body of Enrick Gagnon, the engineman and sole occupant of the train that derailed on the QNS&L railway on 6 November, was recovered from the locomotive.
"This is a very sad day for IOC and Rio Tinto as there is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our employees. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Enrick's family and we will do everything within our power to support them and his co-workers during this difficult time", said Kelly Sanders, President and chief executive officer, Iron Ore Company of Canada.
Railway traffic on the QNS&L remains suspended until further notice and investigations into the incident are ongoing.
Enrick Gagnon, Engineman with the QNS&L railway since 1997, is survived by his mother, Joanne Roy and his brother, Jean-François Gagnon, and sister-in-law, Marie-Élaine Globensky. Over the past days, we have been in close contact with Mr. Gagnon's family, and we will continue to provide them with our full support.
IOC is a leading manufacturer of iron ore products in Canada and its customer base covers North American, European and Asian steel producers. The Company operates a mine, concentrator and a pelletizing plant in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as port facilities located in Sept-Îles (Quebec). It also operates a 418-kilometer railroad that links the mine to the port. IOC has approximately 2500 employees and its major shareholder and operator is the international mining group Rio Tinto, which has activities in more than 40 countries throughout the world.
For further information: Claudine Gagnon, Media Relations, Info: (514) 848-8151