GATINEAU, QC, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its engineering laboratory report (LP148/2013) on the analysis of the petroleum crude oil contained in tank cars of
the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) train that derailed on 6
July 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.
As the TSB noted in its 11 September 2013 news release announcing the issuance of safety advisory letters to Canadian and U.S.
regulators, test results indicate that the level of hazard posed by the
petroleum crude oil transported in the tank cars of the occurrence
train was not accurately documented.
For this report, samples were collected from the 9 tank cars at the end
of the occurrence train (MMA-002). These tank cars did not derail and
were pulled back to Nantes, Quebec after the accident. Samples were
also taken from 2 tank cars located at Farnham, Quebec. These 2 tank
cars were part of another unit train operated by MMA (MMA-874) that was
transporting petroleum crude oil of the same origin as the oil carried
by train MMA-002. All the samples were tested and examined. The TSB is
releasing the engineering laboratory report documenting this
comprehensive analysis in advance of the final investigation report.
The Lac-Mégantic train derailment remains a priority for the TSB, and a
team of experts continues to be dedicated to the investigation, which
is now in the report-writing phase. If at any stage during the
remainder of the investigation the TSB identifies additional safety
deficiencies, it will communicate directly with regulators and the
industry, and inform the public.
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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