GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (R12V0008) into
the 14 January 2012 collision between a Canadian National train and a
maintenance vehicle near Messiter, British Columbia.
The freight train was travelling from Kamloops, British Columbia, to
Edmonton, Alberta, when it struck a maintenance vehicle on the
Clearwater Subdivision, near Messiter. There were no injuries and there
was no derailment. The maintenance vehicle was destroyed, but the lead
locomotive of the train was undamaged.
The investigation determined that the maintenance foreman, who was
working alone, had taken the south track instead of the north track to
reach a malfunctioning signal. Diminished alertness as well as a focus
on the south track likely contributed to this course of action. The
fact that he was alone prevented the action from being detected.
In January 2012, Canadian National issued a safety flash addressing the
events of this accident to its engineering employees, with a reminder
of the requirements for Track Occupancy Permits. Later in March 2012,
it conducted 18 rail traffic efficiency tests involving follow-up track
occupancy permits to ensure that proper procedures were followed.
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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