The Transportation Safety Board of Canada Releases Investigation Report into the February 2010 Railway Tank Car Failure and Derailment in Toronto, ON

GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its final investigation report (R10T0020) into the 09 February 2010 catastrophic failure and derailment of a dangerous goods tank car at the MacMillan Yard in Toronto, ON. The report and photo gallery are available on the TSB website at www.bst-tsb.gc.ca .

On 09 February 2010, a non-pressure dangerous goods tank car broke into two sections and derailed during switching operations at Toronto's MacMillan Yard. When the car failed, it released its entire load of 57 000 litres of ferric sulphate along the roadway and adjacent tracks. A total of 2 cars had derailed and 3 additional cars were damaged. There were no injuries.

The investigation report identifies safety deficiencies regarding the attachment of equipment to tank car shells, the properties of materials used to construct non-pressure tank cars prior to 1990 and the inspection standards and methods used to inspect tank cars during requalification.  Throughout North America, there are approximately 82 000 railway non-pressure tank cars built prior to September 1990, which were built with similar material and design features to the tank car that failed.

The industry and regulators in Canada and the United States of America have developed a number of strategies to deal with the issues identified in the report.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

SOURCE Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053


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