LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board
of Canada (TSB) has launched a full investigation into the tragic train
derailment on 6 July 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. TSB Chair Wendy
Tadros visited the area today to meet with community leaders and area
officials to express sympathy and explain the TSB's investigation
Stressing that her organization's goal is to find out what happened, why
it happened, and what needs to be done to prevent it from happening
again, Tadros vowed a 360-degree, top-to-bottom search for answers,
adding that the independent federal agency now had some 20 experts on
scene. She said that the TSB had carried out hundreds of rail
investigations over the past two decades—experience which would prove
invaluable in the days and weeks to come.
"Our hearts go out to the families and to all those who lost friends and
loved ones. This is an incredibly complex investigation: We're looking
not just at the train and its operation, but its weight, the grade and
the track, and the regulatory oversight. We will examine every piece of
evidence, interview every witness, and apply the full strength of our
collective expertise—all to ensure this community, and all Canadians,
get the answers they need."
The Chair of the TSB explained that her agency is still in the first
phase of the process, and that no-one would be making premature
"We understand that the community is anxious for answers, but there are
many questions we still need to ask. We must not rush to conclusions if
we want to make our transportation system safer. We need to gather,
validate and analyze a mountain of information," Tadros added. "If
along the way we discover urgent safety issues, we will act quickly to
make them known, so that Transport Canada and the rail industry can
take immediate action."
Visit the active investigation page for more information about this accident.
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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