Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

July 09, 2007 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will Release its Final Report on the 2005 Train Derailment Into the Cheakamus River

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 9, 2007) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will release, on July 11, 2007, its final investigation report (R05V0141) into the train derailment that occurred near Squamish, British Columbia, on August 5, 2005. Nine cars, including a tank car load of sodium hydroxide, derailed across the bridge over the Cheakamus River. Approximately 40 000 litres of sodium hydroxide spilled into the river, killing more than 500 000 fish and causing extensive environmental damage. The report will be released at a news conference in Squamish on Wednesday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific time).

The TSB Chair, the Director of Investigations (Rail), and the Investigator in Charge will present the Board's findings and provide information about the investigation. A question and answer period will follow the news conference.

The Investigator in Charge will provide a technical briefing on the accident at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific time). Reporters will be able to review the report under embargo starting at 9:00 a.m. until the beginning of the news conference. The final report will be available on the TSB Web site at at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific time).

Where: Ballroom - Sea to Sky Hotel Banquet and Conference Centre
40330 Tantalus Way
Garibaldi Highlands (Squamish)
British Columbia V0N 1T0

This event is for journalists only.

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.

Contact Information

  • Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    John Cottreau
    Senior Media Relations Advisor
    613-292-4146 (cell)
    Transportation Safety Board of Canada
    Genevieve Lamarche
    Media Relations Specialist
    613-290-9875 (cell)