The Transportation Safety Board of Canada Releases its Report into the Derailment and Loss of Life near Lillooet, British Columbia

    GATINEAU, QC, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) releases its report (R06V0136) into the Canadian National freight
train runaway and derailment near Lillooet, British Columbia, on June 29,
    In the Lillooet investigation, the TSB learned that no risk assessment
was done before removing locomotives with dynamic braking from this extreme
mountain territory. In this and other investigations, the Board learned that
risk assessments required by Canadian National's safety management system
(SMS) are not always being performed. "Safety management systems are the right
way to go," said Wendy Tadros, Chair of the TSB. "However, to make them work,
there needs to be a firm and consistent commitment from the rail industry and
the regulator," she added.
    To protect North American railways and the people who work on them, the
Board today recommends that:

        Canadian National take effective action to identify and mitigate
        risks to safety as required by its safety management system, and the
        Department of Transport require Canadian National to do so.


    The Board also voiced a safety concern with regard to brake shoe
standards for today's rail rolling stock. "To make the rail system safer, we
are calling for modern brake shoe standards for today's heavier cars," said
Mrs. Tadros.
    On June 29, 2006, while negotiating the sharp curves and steep grade into
Lillooet, the train derailed when the car and locomotive brakes could not
control the train's descent. The car derailed first and came to rest about
1000 feet down the mountain. Shortly afterward, the locomotive derailed and
slid about 800 feet down the mountain. The conductor and trainman died and the
locomotive engineer was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

    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.

    This news release, the photo gallery, the animations and final report
R06V0136 can be found on the TSB website at

For further information:

For further information: Media Relations, Transportation Safety Board of
Canada, (819) 994-8053

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