OTTAWA, Sept. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada
(TSB) continues its investigation into the 18 September OC Transpo
collision with VIA Rail passenger train 51, and today has released
factual information to date.
What we know
Sequence of events
Wednesday 18 September
- 8:32 a.m.: Via Rail passenger train no 51 departed Ottawa station on
Approximately 8:45 a.m.: OC Transpo Bus 8017 (route 76) departed
8:48 a.m: the OC Transpo bus collided with the VIA Rail locomotive and
the train derailed.
This crossing has the highest level of protection and automated warning
devices available for level crossings at grade presently used in
The crossing lights, bells, and gates were activated 47 seconds prior to
The gates were fully horizontal 25 seconds prior to impact.
The automated crossing protection functioned as designed and in
accordance with regulatory requirements.
Train and train tracks
The TSB has obtained the locomotive event recorder, and has downloaded
There was no whistle sounded due to a municipal whistle ban (the ban is
from 8 p.m. to noon); the train bell had been activated, however.
The train crew applied the emergency brakes 2 seconds prior to impact.
The train was travelling at 47 mph at point of impact, well below the
allowable speed of 100 mph.
The TSB investigation team has not identified any issues with the
operation of the train or the condition of the track.
OC Transpo Bus
The TSB has obtained one download from the bus and is evaluating the
Tires on the bus were documented in place then transported to the TSB
Laboratory for further examination.
The TSB team is in the field phase of this investigation. We have
completed our documentation and data collection at the site, but much
work needs to be done. Going forward, we will focus our efforts on:
Crossing design and associated risk
Review alignment of crossing
Review of roadway alignment
Evaluation of visibility of the crossing protection from roadway and
Assessment of regulatory requirements for automated crossing protection
OC Transpo bus
Detailed mechanical examination of the bus
Analysis of all available recorded memory from modules within the bus
Factors that may have affected driver performance
Bus operations and driver training
Ergonomic assessment of the driver station
TSB specialists have spoken to the next of kin of the victims.
Interviews are ongoing with survivors and witnesses, OC Transpo
personnel and first responders.
This investigation will require considerable time and effort. The TSB is
committed to conducting a comprehensive and thorough investigation. Our
efforts will be aimed at explaining what happened and why, in the hopes
that what we learn will help prevent accidents like this. If at any
time during the investigation a safety deficiency is identified which
requires immediate attention, we will notify the appropriate
authorities and inform the public.
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