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The TSB Releases a Safety Recommendation to Improve Rail Traffic Control Operations

GATINEAU, QUEBEC - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its final report (R04T0008) into the January 14, 2004 derailment of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) train 239-13. The derailment occurred just east of the Garden Street overpass in Whitby, Ontario. Rail car platforms and containers fell onto the roadway below, striking a southbound vehicle and fatally injuring the two occupants.

Several safety actions have been taken as a result of the TSB investigation. Transport Canada issued an order changing the procedures on how CPR operates when an unidentified track occupancy (UTO) occurs. The TSB issued two safety communications: the first concerning inspection and reporting of damaged or broken rail, and the second concerning shattered rim defects in wheels manufactured by ABC Rail (formerly Abex Southern Corporation). CPR has instituted procedures to address both issues. It has also instituted rail traffic control software enhancements to visually alert the rail traffic controller (RTC) when a second UTO occurs behind a train, and has improved documentation procedures to better identify track anomalies.

During its investigation into this fatal accident, the TSB noted that insufficient measures were in place to address very high workload situations. In its report, the Board has recommended that Transport Canada work with the Railway Association of Canada to implement rail traffic control protocols and training that will recognize periods of high workload and make safety paramount.

A damaged wheel on the front truck of the 39th car behind the locomotives of the westbound train fractured the south rail at Mile 178.20 of the Belleville Subdivision, leading to the derailment of the following cars.

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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