GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada has deployed a team of investigators to the site of a derailment
involving Canadian National Railway (CN) mixed freight train. Initial
reports indicate that 17 cars have derailed. Among them are propane
cars, crude oil cars, a locomotive and a hopper car. There have been
reports of explosions. TSB investigators are expected to arrive at the
site around mid-day and will begin gathering information.
The site is currently under the control of the local fire department.
TSB investigators will access the site when it is safe to do so. The
team will evaluate the accident and document the derailment site,
inspect the equipment and track infrastructure and identify any items
that may require closer inspection. They will examine the maintenance
history of the train, operation of the equipment and operation
policies, meteorological conditions, and review any human factors. The
team has already begun gathering documentary information about the
train, its consist, and the contents of cars.
The TSB will provide an update on the deployment as new information
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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