TSB releases report on 2018 Hudson Bay area train derailment

By Cam Lee
January 24, 2019 - 5:00pm

The report is in on last summer's train derailment north of Hudson Bay that led to minor injuries to two crew members.

The two locomotives on a VIA Rail train derailed July 5, after over 100 millimetres of rain fell in the area.

Before the VIA train departed, the crew of a CN freight train advised the VIA crew to be on the lookout for high water in the Otosquen area on the way to the train’s eventual destination of The Pas, Manitoba.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's investigation shows Highway 9 in the region was breached, but there were no protocols for Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure and the railway to share information at the time.

The increased water volume eventually made its way to the railway culverts, overwhelming them and washing out the track bed in the area, leading to the derailment.

The report recommends having communication protocol in place for the sharing of information relating to the protection of infrastructure.



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