MONTREAL, June 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Earlier today, the Transportation
Safety Board (TSB) issued its investigation report on the derailment of
VIA passenger Train 92, in Aldershot, Ontario, on February 26, 2012.
Further to its review of the report and specifically, its three
recommendations, the company's President and Chief Executive Officer,
Marc Laliberté issued the following statements:
"The report demonstrates a thorough review of circumstances surrounding
this tragic accident. The TSB recommends that locomotives be equipped
with in-cab video cameras. The report notes that the absence of audio
and video recording devices limited investigators' ability to
conclusively determine the cause of the accident. The TSB also
acknowledges that prior to the accident, VIA Rail had started
installing outward-facing video cameras on its fleet of locomotives.
"VIA Train 92 had not yet been equipped with an outward-facing camera.
However, that work will be completed on the entire fleet, early in
2014. Following the accident, VIA Rail management, with the support of
the leaders of its locomotive engineers' union (Teamsters Canada),
started to work towards the introduction of voice recording devices
inside its locomotives. This work is expected to be completed later in
2014. Once these two initiatives are fully implemented and usage rules
are finalized, we will review with our union partners the feasibility
of installing inward-facing video cameras."
Additionally, the TSB recommends that locomotive crashworthiness
standards for new locomotives also apply to rebuilt locomotives. On
this issue, Mr. Laliberté commented: "When it comes to operational
safety, VIA Rail has an outstanding record of compliance and it intends
to continue to fully meet any and all regulatory requirements meant to
enhance the safety of its employees, passengers and the public."
Further, the report recommends the implementation of physical fail-safe
train controls while recognizing that over 98% of VIA Rail's trains
operate over the rail infrastructure of third-party railways. On this
issue, Mr. Laliberté stated: "We appreciate that the TSB recognized VIA
Rail's limited ownership of Canada's rail infrastructure. Nevertheless,
like our railway partners, we are committed to working together to
constantly improve the safety of our operations."
Finally, Mr Laliberté concluded his statement with the following:
"Today's report was a long-awaited and necessary review of tragic
circumstances that still affect all of us at VIA Rail Canada, to this
day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our
colleagues Ken Simmonds, Peter Snarr and Patrick Robinson. Their memory
lives on in all our actions and decisions that lead to a safer and more
secure operating environment."
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate
is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation
service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates
intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada's Safety Award in 2011 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2012 Agent's Choice Award voted by
Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely
transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the
Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail.
Follow the progress of our transformation at http://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail/capital-investment.
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SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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