DORVAL, QC, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (R13D0001) into
the January 2013 rail crossing collision between a VIA Rail Canada Inc.
train and a sport utility vehicle (SUV) near Joliette, Quebec.
On 9 January 2013, at about 9:50 am Eastern Standard Time, the passenger
train was travelling from Montréal to Jonquière, Quebec, when it struck
the SUV at the rang de la Deuxième-Chaloupe public crossing on the
Canadian National Joliette Subdivision. Both occupants of the vehicle
were fatally injured and the vehicle was destroyed. There was no
The investigation determined that the density of the fog in the vicinity
of the crossing severely reduced the available sightline distance and
reduced the opportunity for the driver to observe both the approaching
train and the activated railway crossing signals prior to reaching the
crossing. Although the train horn, located at mid-locomotive, was
sounded, it was not effective in alerting the driver to the presence of
the train. The investigation also noted that the emergency horn located
at the head end of the locomotive was not activated, and that proactive
use of this horn can provide a more effective warning.
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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