Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

January 30, 2007 13:00 ET

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada Releases its Final Report into the Derailment near Saint-Cyrille, Quebec, in 2005

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 30, 2007) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its final investigation report (R05Q0010) into the derailment of a Canadian National (CN) freight train near Saint-Cyrille, Quebec, on February 23, 2005. The report concludes that the train derailed after a defective wheel on the fifth car fractured. The Board noted a safety concern regarding the adequacy of levels of inspection for defective wheels in eastern Canada.

The train was travelling westward towards Montreal, Quebec, when 29 cars derailed. The fifth car in the train was the first one to derail. It was followed immediately by three other cars loaded with scrap metal and then by tank cars carrying dangerous goods. One tank car carrying propane caught fire and exploded. Cars carrying dangerous goods were among the last to derail. Although those cars were heavily damaged, no dangerous goods were released. Twenty people were evacuated as a safety precaution, but there were no 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.

The public report, R05Q0010, is available on this site: www.tsb.gc.ca

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