Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who maintain the country’s railway crossing systems, issued a statement Thursday saying members are “very” shocked by news reports on mischief incidents that occurred at seven local crossings in September.
The Canadian Signal and Communications System Council No.11 represents more than 1,400 signal and communications employees across Canada.
Thursday, the council released a statement to comment on an ongoing co-investigation by OPP and CN Police in regards to a number of mischief incidents that have taken place at various railway grade crossings between Sept. 1 and Sept. 17.
Earlier this week, police said signal shacks, located at every crossing—two in Quinte West and one in Tyendinaga — have been tampered with and in each case a switch has been engaged which activates the crossing protection, gates, lights and bells.
“All incidents have taken place on weekends or a holiday, late at night or during the early morning,” added police.
“Our IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) members are the ones that maintain the railway crossing systems across Canada and we are very shocked by these events as it is our job to protect these crossing and make them safe for the public. We are advising our members to be on high alert,” stated Brian Strong, IBEW’s senior general chairman.
“Our members work on railway signal systems to improve safety and efficiency of their operation. We represent both men and women who install and maintain signals and trackside equipment for most of the nation’s railways,” added Strong.
Police said the incidents have taken place at the following grade crossings:
Sunday, Sept. 2 — County Rd. #6 Frontenac
Monday, Sept. 3 — Bath Rd. (Cty. Rd. #7)
Monday, Sept. 3 — Townline Rd. Ernestown
Saturday, Sept. 15 — 2nd. Dug Hill Rd. In Quinte West
Saturday, Sept. 15 — Tait Road in Quinte West
Sunday, Sept. 16 — Olivers Road in Richmond
Sunday, Sept. 16 — Deseronto Road in Tyendinaga
Anyone with information in relation to this crime is asked to contact the Napanee OPP Detachment 613-354-3369, Const. Ray Foster of CN Police at 905-377-9635, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.