CALGARY, Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific (CP) has reviewed the Transportation Safety Board's (TSB) report into the railway's Bonnybrook Bridge failure in Calgary in June, 2013 and is in full agreement with the findings.
The TSB found that the bridge failure, and subsequent derailment of six rail cars, was "due to scour of the downstream end and loss of foundation support of Pier no. 2." The TSB also found that CP's Railway Bridge Safety Management Program closely reflects the protocols outlined in Transport Canada's Guideline for Bridge Safety Management and that inspections done on the Bonnybrook Bridge, "exceeded regulatory requirements during the flood."
The TSB also acknowledged that the unified command structure initiated by the City of Calgary Fire Department worked well in securing the site and executing the plan to safely remove the derailed cars from the bridge without incident.
"Our relationship with the first responders of the City of Calgary allowed us to coordinate efforts to work quickly and to safely remove the cars from the bridge," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Operating Officer. "CP is grateful to the Calgary Fire Department and other first responders and thanks them for their skill, effort and commitment to public safety."
This unprecedented event was the result of a fast, severe, and astonishing flood that caused extraordinary damage to much of the City of Calgary and communities in Southern Alberta in June, 2013.
The Bonnybrook Bridge was dismantled by CP in the autumn of 2013 and in April of this year, work was completed on a new bridge span. The damaged bridge pier has been entirely replaced and reinforced with a new foundation.
CP has an extensive inspection and maintenance program for all of our bridges and structures, which meets or exceeds all federal regulations and rules. CP is committed to ensuring the safety of its employees and the communities in which it operates.
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SOURCE: Canadian Pacific