CALGARY, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - In its investigation report (R13C0008)
released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)
determined that the January 2013 collision between a tractor-trailer
and a Canadian Pacific train at a level crossing was due to a number of
factors, such as unfamiliarity with the route, a lack of compelling
audio and visual cues at the crossing, and a restricted view from the
truck's cab. The truck driver and two train crew members sustained
On 19 January 2013, a Canadian Pacific train was travelling eastward
while a northbound tractor-trailer loaded with petroleum crude oil was
approaching a railway crossing in Tilley, Alberta. The crossing was
protected with standard reflectorized crossing signs. The locomotive
crew sounded the horn and bell and the train's headlights were on, as
required by regulation. Realizing that the tractor-trailer was not
stopping, the train crew applied the emergency brakes, but the train
could not stop in time and thus collided with the tractor-trailer. The
crude oil in the trailer caught fire and engulfed both the
tractor-trailer and the lead locomotive, causing extensive damage. The
train did not derail.
The investigation found that the truck driver was unfamiliar with the
route to the intended destination. The driver was briefed verbally, but
was not provided with detailed information on the route and was not
advised to avoid specific railway crossings. As well, the view from the
tractor trailer's cab and the angle at which the tracks crossed the
road made it difficult to see the approaching eastbound train.
Furthermore, the investigation determined that vehicle drivers may not
stop if there are no compelling visual or audio cues at a crossing, or
if the locomotive horn is configured or placed in a way that reduces
its sound output, as was the case in this accident.
Since the occurrence, all drivers employed at the trucking company have
attended a driver improvement course and two railway crossing safety
workshops. The tanker trailer owner circulated railway crossing safety
bulletins and discussed them at company safety meetings. In addition,
Transport Canada will undertake research on the audibility of train
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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