The Transportation Safety Board of Canada Makes Two Recommendations Following a Rail Accident in Pincourt, Quebec



    GATINEAU, QC, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) releases its final investigation report (R07D0111) today into the
crossing collision between a VIA Rail Canada Inc. (VIA) train and a
tractor-trailer that occurred on December 17, 2007 in
Pincourt/Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Quebec. In its report, the TSB found that the
geometric characteristics of the crossing and the presence of snow banks
played a role in the accident at this high-speed, high-density level crossing.
The investigation also noted that the lack of conspicuous railway emergency
contact information presents a risk to drivers who find themselves immobilized
on level crossings.
    The Board makes two recommendations to mitigate the risk of level
crossing accidents in the high-density Québec-Windsor rail corridor.

    
        That Transport Canada conduct safety assessments of level crossings
        on the high-speed passenger rail Québec-Windsor corridor and ensure
        that defences are adequate to mitigate the risk of truck/train
        collisions.
                                                                      R09-01

    and

        That Transport Canada implement standards to improve the visibility
        of emergency contact signage at railway crossings in Canada.
                                                                      R09-02
    

    On the afternoon of December 17, 2007, VIA passenger train No. 35,
travelling westward at 62 mph on the south main track of Canadian National's
Kingston Subdivision, struck an empty tractor-trailer that was immobilized on
the 3e Avenue level public crossing, near Pincourt/Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Quebec.
The tractor-trailer was destroyed; the locomotive was damaged and was unable
to continue. Subsequently, 76 passengers were transferred to another VIA train
and rail traffic was delayed for up to 3 1/2 hours. The truck driver sustained
minor injuries. There was no derailment and no track damage. Since 1997, there
have been three accidents at the 3e Avenue crossing in which northbound
tractor-trailers have become immobilized and were struck by VIA trains.

    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.

    This news release and final report R07D0111 can be found on the TSB
website at www.tsb-bst.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: or for an interview, please contact: John
Cottreau, (613) 292-4146; Media Relations, Transportation Safety Board of
Canada, (819) 994-8053


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