Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

November 15, 2006 08:00 ET

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will Release its Safety Issues Investigation Report on the Relationship Between Secondary Main-Line Derailments and Bulk Tonnage Traffic

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2006) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will release, on November 16, 2006, its Safety Issues Investigation Report (SII R05-01) on the relationship between secondary main-line derailments and bulk tonnage traffic. The Director of Investigations, Rail/Pipeline, and the Manager, Head Office and Western Regional Operations, Rail, will be available to speak with the media on the day of the release.



Who: Dan Holbrook, Manager, Head Office and Western Regional
Operations, Rail (English)
Ian Naish, Director of Investigations, Rail/Pipeline (French)

When: November 16, 2006, starting at 12:00 p.m. eastern standard
time


A safety issues investigation reviews multiple occurrences that the Board suspects have similar underlying factors. The Board identified the need to conduct this safety issues investigation after a series of train derailments in the winter of 2003-2004 on secondary main lines in western Canada involving broken rails. The objective of this investigation was to test a specific hypothesis - that bulk tonnage traffic, independent of cumulative tonnage, is associated with increased derailment risk due to rail defects.

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.

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