GATINEAU, QC, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Highlighting an issue on its
Watchlist, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released
today its railway investigation report (R13Q0001) into the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway (QNS&L) collision and
derailment between a freight train and stationary iron ore train that
occurred near Mai, Quebec, in January 2013. The investigation
identified the issue of not following signal indications as a contributory factor.
On the evening of 11 January 2013, a QNS&L freight train departed the
yard at Sept-Îles, Quebec, travelling north to Schefferville, Quebec.
On its way, it collided with the rear end of a stationary QNS&L iron
ore train near Mai. The first locomotive of the freight train was
completely destroyed and the second locomotive derailed. Eight cars on
the iron ore train also derailed. The freight train crew members
sustained minor injuries. Approximately 40 feet of track was damaged.
The investigation determined that the freight train passed a signal
displaying a restricting indication, but did not reduce its 40 mph
speed. Hence, it could not stop in time despite an emergency brake
application. It was also determined that the locomotive engineer
trainee who was at the controls of the train had not yet received Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) training and, as a result, did not have a complete grasp of
measures required under a restricting indication.
On 16 January 2013, the TSB issued Rail Safety Advisory 02/13 to
Transport Canada regarding the importance of comprehensive training for
safe train operations. On 5 March 2013, Transport Canada indicated that
its Quebec Regional Office conducted an in-depth review of the training
and supervision of QNS&L employees.
Watch the video on Following Railway Signal Indications.
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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