GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Citing weather conditions as a major
factor in the accident, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada today
released its investigation report (R12W0165) into the derailment of a
freight train near Poplar Point, Manitoba. There were no injuries and
no dangerous goods were released.
On 29 July 2012, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) freight train left
Winnipeg, Manitoba, travelling westward en route to Brandon, Manitoba,
on CP's Carberry Subdivision. The train consisted of 2 locomotives and
56 cars configured to hold containers. The cars were double stacked
with empty containers. At approximately 6 pm., while travelling at
about 27 mph through severe weather, the crew received a radio call
from the CP Rail Traffic Controller (RTC). The RTC warned the crew of
high winds in the area and advised them to take the necessary
precautions. Almost simultaneously, a train-initiated emergency brake
application occurred and the train came to a stop at Mile 35.0 near
Poplar Point, Manitoba. Twelve cars had derailed during high winds and
heavy rain in the area.
The investigation found that a delayed notification of the weather
conditions to the train crew resulted in the train continuing into the
severe weather area and that the container cars were likely blown over
by high winds resulting from severe weather.
Canadian Pacific Railway has taken steps to amend its Severe Weather
Warning Procedure to ensure that train crews are aware of the risk of
encountering high winds.
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.
SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada